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In 1276 May 15, Johannes Bek was granted, by Edward I, (In year 4 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Eresby (Eresby Manor)
Licence for John Bek to enclose and crenellale his dwelling place of Eresby, co. Lincoln.
Vacated because he did not have it because the chancellor cancelled it. (CPR)

Granted at Westminster.

This licence was revoked.


Vacated because he did not have it because the chancellor cancelled it. A licence is issued on August 6.

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'.)

John Bek, Lord Bek (d. 1303/4)
John Bek, Lord Bek (d. 1303/4), had a career in royal administration, acting on a variety of commissions, mostly of an economic nature, and as a justice of assize from 1276. In 1255 he secured a grant of a market and fair at Spilsby, founded a chapel there, and was probably responsible for the first of a tradition of great houses in the adjoining manor at Eresby. He took part in Edward I's Scottish campaigns and was summoned to the parliaments of 1295 and 1296. In his will drawn up in 1301, he sought burial at Kirkstead Abbey. With an unknown wife he had a son, Walter, who predeceased his father, and three daughters. (Morgan)

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Record created by Philip Davis. This record last updated on Sunday, October 4, 2015.