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In 1301 Feb 2, Johannes de Hastings (John, Lord Hastings) was granted, by Edward I, (In year 29 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Filungeleye (Fillongley Castle Yard)
Licence, for John de Hastinges to crenellate his manor and town of Filungeleye, co. Warwick. By K. (CPR)

Johannes de Hastings ... manerium suum et villam ... Filungeleye, Warr. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Nettleham. Grant by King.


Licence to crenellate the manor and town. Granted a weekly market and annual fair at same time. Called a municipal licence by Coulson and since does include the term town this is 'strictly' correct, in practice the licence can only have ever have applied to the manor house.

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;

Hastings, John, first Lord Hastings (1262–1313)
Hastings, John, first Lord Hastings (1262–1313), soldier and landowner. Present among the magnates in the parliament of 1290, and regularly summoned to parliament from 1295, Hastings is consequently regarded as having become Lord Hastings. In 1296 he played an active part in the campaign which brought Scotland directly under King Edward's control. Hastings's standing with and usefulness to the crown is attested by his appointment as seneschal of Gascony in December 1302.

Biographical source include;

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