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In 1301 Jan 1, W. Coventr. et Lych., Episcopus (Bishop Walter de Langton) was granted, by Edward I, (In year 29 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Thorp Watervill (Thorpe Waterville Castle)
Licence for W. bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, to crenellate his dwelling-place of Thorp Watervill, co. Northampton. (CPR)

W. Coventr. et Lych., Episcopus ... mansum suum ... Thorp Watervill, Norht. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Northampton.


Thomas, Earl of Lancaster had a claim on this castle which he seized by force in 1313 and finally legally acquired in 1316.

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;

Langton, Walter (d. 1321)
Langton was Edward I's treasurer and chief minister.

Langton, Walter (d. 1321), administrator and bishop of Coventry and Lichfield... Guisborough describes Langton as a poor clerk; elsewhere he is said to have been in Edward I's service from his youth. Appearing first as a wardrobe clerk in 1281–2... In 1305 he was a member of an embassy sent to Lyons to secure papal absolution from Edward's oath to maintain the charters, and attended Clement V's consecration on 14 November. On 2 July 1306, jointly with Archbishop William Greenfield of York (d. 1315), Langton was appointed keeper of the realm during Edward I's absence in Scotland. (Haines)

Biographical source include;

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.