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In 1308 March 11, Johannes de Benstede, clericus was granted, by Edward II, (In year 1 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Eye, juxta Westmonaster. quod vocatur Rosemont (Eye next to Westminster)
Licence for John de Benstede to crenellate his dwelling-house called 'Rosemont' at Eye near Westminster, co. Middlesex. (CPR)

Johannes de Benstede, clericus ... mansum suum ... Eye, juxta Westmonaster. quod vocatur Rosemont., Midd. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Westminster.

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;

Benstede, Sir John (d. 1323)
Sir John de Benstede was a prominent member of the English royal household in the late C13 and early C14. He was Prebendary of Sandiacre from 3 February 1297 until, presumably, 1308, when he married. He was also Secretary of State, and he served variously as Keeper of the Great Seal, Keeper of the Wardrobe (for Edward I), and as a royal judge from 1309 onwards.

Biographical source include;

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