In 1546 Jan 31, Sir William Pagete, the King's Councillor (William Paget) was granted, by Henry VIII, (In year 37 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Burton (Burton Upon Trent Abbey)
Sir William Pagete, the King's Councillor. Grant, in fee (for the manor or late hospital of Kepier, Dham., and other lands sold to the Crown 23 Jan. 37 Hen. VIII., and for his services), of the house and site of the late college of Burton upon Trent, Staff., with all buildings therein except the church and the lead and bells, lordship and manor of Burton upon Trent, the manors of Bramston, Stretton, Harnynglow, Wyghtmere and Anseley, Staff., the grange called Shobnall alias Shovenall, Staff., the manors of Wynshull, Stapenhull, Caldwall, Magna Overa, Parva Overa and Fynderna, Derb., the manor of Alcestre, Warw., the manor of Appulby, Leic, and all lands called Pylathall alias Pellentenhall. Wyston, Dorlaston, Feld, Leigh and Okeover, and all possessions of the said college in Pylathall alias Pellentenhall, Penkeredge, Wyston, Brewood, Dorlaston, Stone, Feld, Leighe. Okeover and Ylum, Staff., and all other lands in Ylum, Staff,, and in Willington Potlock. Wyllyngton Ticknall, Darby, Hunsedon and Thorpe,Derb., and the messuage in St. Sepulchre's parish in the city of London, which belonged to the said college; also the rectories and the advowsons of the vicarages of Burton and Hurst alias Bromley Hurst, Staff., with all possessions of the said college in Burton, Bramston, Stretton, Harnynglow, Wyghtmere, Leigh, Rydwar, Hampstall, Ylum, Caldon, Shene, Grendon, Newton Hamptonsthyng, Blythefeild and Bowre, Staff., in Wynshull, Stapenhall. Staunton Ward, Caldwall, Magna Overa, Parva Overa, Fynderna and Drakelow, Derb., and in Alcestre, Warw.. and all other possession of the said college,Burton upon Trent. Also the manor of Nantwych. Chesb.,Sir Anthony Browne. With licence to fortify buildings hereby granted in the parish of Burton and all others which he shall erect in the parish (sic) of Brysingote, Derb., and to impark and enclose 500 ac. of land in Brysingote, with grant of free warren therein. And whereas, by pat. 6 Feb. 36 Hen. VIII., the King granted the said Sir William the said hospital of Kepyer and all its lands subject to an annual rent of 16l. 15s. 1d. as the tenth; after which date the said Sir William granted to Wm. Eccleston and Hen. Dayle the rectory of Hunstonworth and lands in Hunstonworth, Townffeilde and Darlyngton, parcel of the premises, which rectory and lands are now burdened with the said rent; the King hereby releases Eccleston and Dale, and their heirs and assigns, from that payment, and renounces all title in the rectory of Hunstonworth, a cottage in Darlyngton, and all other lands of the said hospital in Hunstonworth and Townfelde, save for military service. Del. Westm., 31 Jan. 37 Hen. VIII.S.B. Pat. p. 16, m. 15. (LP Hen. VIII)
Granted at Westminster. Grant by s.b..
This extensive grant of lands mostly former Burton Abbey lands. It is clear that although Paget planned a house on the site of the Abbey no building took place. Like Fitzwilliam, Wriothesley and Browne, the other receiptants of a licence to crenellate from Henry VIII, Paget was a prime member of government and a chief advisor to Henry. By 1546 Paget was the almost constant bedside companion of the sick king although this grant of lands may well be reward for his diplomatic service in arranging a peace with France the previous year.
Original source is;
Gairdner, J. and Brodie, R.H. (eds), 1908, Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, of the Reign of Henry VIII Vol. 21 part 1 p. 76-7 No. 149.39 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;
Tringham, N.J., 2003, in Tringham, N.J. (ed), VCH Staffordshire Vol. 9 p. 9-10 online copy
Paget, William, first Baron Paget (1505/61563)
Paget, William, first Baron Paget (1505/61563), diplomat and administrator, was born probably in Colman Street near the Guildhall, London, the son of John Pachett or Paget of London, a citizen of small fortune variously employed as a shearman and sergeant-at-mace to the sheriff of LondonWilliam's enemies later reviled him as the son of a catchpole. (Jack)
Biographical source include;
Sybil M. Jack, Sept 2004, Paget, William, first Baron Paget (1505/61563) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press) online edn, Jan 2008 online copy (subscription may be needed)
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Record created by Philip Davis. This record last updated on Sunday, October 4, 2015.