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In 1318 Nov 4, Edmundus Bacon (Sir Edmund Bacon) was granted, by Edward II, (In year 12 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Gresham (Gresham Castle)
Licence for Edmund Bacon to crenellate his dwelling place of Gresham, co. Norfolk. By K. on the information of Thomas de Cherleton. (CPR)

Edmundus Bacon ... mansum ... Gresham, Norff. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at York. Grant by King, on the information of Thomas de Cherleton.

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;

Edmund Bacon (d. 1336/7)
Edmund, a knight, was in the king's service in Gascony from 1293 to 1297 and in Scotland in 1298 and 1303. He was constable of Wallingford during the first half of the reign of Edward II, and in the service of the king's half-brother Edmund of Kent from 1320. He was in Gascony again from 1324 and was captured near Bordeaux on his return from an embassy to Aragon in 1325. In 1330 he was a king's knight. (Brand)

The manor, formerly a property of Robert de Stutevile, was granted to Bacon, by the king, in 1308 (CPR 1307-1313 p. 82)

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.