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In 1264 Feb 22, Robert Aguylon (Robert Aguillon) was granted, by Henry III, (In year 48 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Percinges (Perching Manor House)
Licence for Robert Aguylon and his heirs to enclose the dwelling-place of his manor of Percinges, co. Sussex, with a dyke and wall of stone and lime and to crenellate the same at their will. (CPR)

Granted at Canterbury.


licensed 1264, 1268, 1329.

Did the existence of his powerful and quarrelsome neighbour, William de Warenne, provoke the need for fortification and the absence of William from England and the relative weakness of the king allow the royal confirmation and 'blessing' of a licence. Robert had problem's with de Warenne's men in his lands in 1274, but well before this de Warenne had a reputation to being quick to violence.

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;

Robert Aguillon, (1226-1285) knight. Sheriff of Sussex
Robert Aguillon, (1226-1285) knight. Sheriff of Sussex. Steward of the Royal Household. Married Margaret, countess of the Isle of Wight.

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.