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In 1266 Oct 22, Warinus de Bassingburn (Warin de Bassingbourn) was granted, by Henry III, (In year 50 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Esteleye (Astley Castle)
Licence for Warin de Bassingburn and his heirs to enclose his houses of Bassingburn co. Cambridge and Esteleye, co. Warwick, with a dyke and wall of stone and lime and to crenellate the same and keep them so in perpetuity. (CPR)

Warinus de Bassingburn ... domum suam ... Esteleye, Warwik. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Kenilworth.


Licensed with Bassingbourne Cambs. There is some doubt whether any action was taken on this licence.

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;

Warin de Bassingbourn (d. 1268)
Warin de Bassingbourn (d. 1268) was a royalist in the Baron's War and received, in October 1265, a house in Bread Street, London, taken from Thomas, son of Thomas, sometime mayor of London, as reward for his service to Henry and his son Edward (CPR p. 464). This licence probably also a reward and recognition for service.

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.