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In 1314 Sept 20, Henricus le Scrop (Sir Henry Le Scrope) was granted, by Edward II, (In year 8 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Fletham (Kirkby Fleetham Castle)
Licence for Henry le Scrope to crenellate his dwelling place of Fletham, co. York. By K. (CPR)

Henricus le Scrop ... mansum ... Fletham, Ebor. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at York. Grant by King.


Site of moated manor house, built in about 1314, when granted licence to crenellate, to Sir Henry Le Scrope, on the site of an earlier motte and bailey castle.

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;

Scrope, Sir Henry (b. in or before 1268, d. 1336)
Henry Le Scrope, eldest son of William Le Scrope, was born 1271 in Bracewell, Wensley, Yorkshire, England. He inherited the Manor of Bolton from his father in 1303. He, and his brother Geoffrey Le Scrope, were both lawyers, soldiers and diplomats and became Chief Justice to the King's Bench.

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.