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In 1313 July 19, Fulco de Payforer was granted, by Edward II, (In year 7 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Colwebrigge (Coldbridge Castle)
Licence to Fulk Payforer to crenellate his dwelling-place of Colewebrigge, co. Kent. By p.s. (CPR)

Fulco de Payforer ... mansum ... Colwebrigge, Kanc. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Sturry. Grant by privy seal.


Licences to crenellate were granted in 1313 and 1363.

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;

Fulk Payforer
A Fulk Payforer was Sheriff of Kent in 1258, 1264 and 1267 and held other offices, he died 1277. This Fulk, presumably his son, may have been a retainer of the Duke of Gloucester (he appears in a list of men of the Dukes who appeared in a tournament at Dunstable in 1309 - Tomkinson p. 72) but seems little involved in court or local politics.

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