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In 1302 Feb 16, Willielmus de Hamelton, decanus ecclesiae Beati Petri Ebor (William of Hambleton) was granted, by Edward I, (In year 30 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Ebor (York Deanery)
Licence for William de Hamelton,dean of St. Peter's, York, to crenellate his dwelling-place adjoining the churchyard for himself and the deans, his successors. By p.s. (CPR)

Willielmus de Hamelton, decanus ecclesiae Beati Petri Ebor ... mansum suum Cimeterio ejusdem ecclesiae contiguum muro de perta et calce firmare et kernellare ... Ebor, Ebor. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Roxburgh. Grant by privy seal.

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;

Hamilton, William (d. 1307)
Hamilton, William (d. 1307), dean of York and administrator. He became Royal Chancellor in 1305. He had previously served the king as vice chancellor to Robert Burnell amongst other offices. Musson writes 'In 1280 Hamilton was given a house in York which had belonged to the notorious moneylender, Aaron the Jew (d. 1268). From 1285 he was himself engaged in moneylending enterprises (sometimes with his brother Adam), manipulating conveyances of land and realizing considerable profits.' If this was the house licenced then it would have already been defendable but further work to make this a strong house could have occurred.

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.