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In 1269 Nov 22, Robertus Aguillu (Sir Robert de Aguillion) was granted, by Henry III, (In year 54 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Adington (Addington Castle Hill)
Licence for Robert Aguyllon and his heirs to enclose with a dyke and crenellate the dwelling-place of his manor of Adington, co. Surrey. (CPR)

Robertus Aguillu ... mansum manerii sui ... Adington, Surr. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Westminster.

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.
Did the existence of his powerful and quarrelsome neighbour, William de Warenne, provoke the need for fortification. 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. Equally his important royal positions and noble wife would be reason for asserting his social status.

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.