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In 1230/31, Will de Cavereswelle was possibly granted, by Henry III, (In year 15 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Cavereswelle (Caverswall Castle)

There is insufficient evidence to be certain about this possible licence to crenellate. (Some licences may be lost from record and others may have wrongly presumed to have been granted or may be total inventions.)


Will de Cavereswelle, leave to crenellate his house at Cavereswelle. Staffs writ only. Inquisitions taken as a result of applications to the Crown for licences to alienate land. (Nat. Arch.)

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'.)

A William de Caverswell was sheriff of Staffordshire in 1260.

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.