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In 1295 Aug 10, Ricardus de Peulesdon (Richard de Peulesdon; Richard De Pyvelisdon; Richard Puleston) was granted, by Edward I, (In year 23 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Warandashale (?Wardale)
Licence for Richard de Peulesdon to strengthen his house of Warandashale, co. Salop, with a wall of stone and lime and to crenellate the same. By p.s. (CPR)

Ricardus de Peulesdon ... mansum suum ... Warandashale, Salop. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Westminster. Grant by privy seal.


Richard de Peulesdon received a licence to crenellate in 1295. The exact location was lost and Jackson suggested either Wardale at SJ673298 or Castle Hill at SJ654369. However, work by Michael Fradley has identified the site, in Moreton Say. "The castle site was previously unknown, and the fortification is not known in any later documents. Records in the Public Records Office shows the house of Warrenhall was forfeited by the Puleston family in the early C15 after they supported the Glyndwr uprising. Later records in the Shropshire Records Office show the name Warrenhall was used alongside that of Rhiews (a C17 timber framed house adjacent to the grid reference above), and in time only the name Rhiews was used. The site is a plain rectangular moat with a central island measuring 40m-60m, although the site was bulldozed sometime in the 1960s-1970s." (Fradley, 2007)

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;

Sir Richard de Pyvelisdon (b.c. 1260 - d. aft 1316)
Sir Richard de Pyvelisdon (b.c. 1260 - d. aft 1316) Knight of Emral, Sheriff of Caernarfonshire, and representative in parliament for the borough of Caernarfon. His father, Sir Roger, had been lynched whilst collecting taxes from the welsh in 1294 (although sources vary about this date.). Was this licence given as a reward for his father's services and sacrific?

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.