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In 1310 Aug 26, Willielmus de Bliburgh, clericus was granted, by Edward II, (In year 4 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Bromle (Simpsons Moat, Bromley)
Licence to William de Bliburghe, king's clerk, to crenellate his dwelling-house of Bromle, co. Kent. (CPR)

Willielmus de Bliburgh, clericus ... mansum suum ... Bromle, Kanc. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at {Beverley}.


Medieval moated manor, demolished about 1870. Possibly the subject of a licence to crenellate granted in 1310. Parker footnotes to this entry "The episcopal palace at Bromley had become so ruinous in 1184, that Gilbert de Glanville was obliged to expend a considerable sum in repairing it." William de Bliburgh was rector of Bromley parish church but there seems no reason to believe he held the episcopal palace.

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;

William Blyburgh
William Blyburgh was a royal clerk to Edward I in the 1290's.

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