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In 1309 Aug 1, Johanness de Hastang (John, Lord Hastings) was granted, by Edward II, (In year 3 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Chebeseye (Chebsey)
Licence for John de Hastanges to crenellate his dwelling house at Chebeseye. (CPR)

Johanness de Hastang ... mansum suum ... Chebeseye. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Stamford. Grant by {King}.


Destroyed house for which John, Lord Hastings was granted a licence to crenellate in 1309.

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;

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.