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In 1325 Sept 14, Johannes de Cherleton (John de Charlton) was granted, by Edward II, (In year 19 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate domum suam in villa de ... Salop (Charlton House, Shrewsbury)
Licence for John de Cherleton to crenellate his house in the town of Shrewsbury. By p.s. (CPR)

Johannes de Cherleton ... domum suam in villa de ... Salop., Salop. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Wye. Grant by privy seal.


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;

See Charlton Castle licence of 1216 for earlier biography.

By 1325 Charlton was no longer at the heart of Government, he had ceased to by the king's chamberlain in 1318. He had taken up arms against the king in 1322, although was soon pardoned and was serving in the wars in Scotland. He was still a mighty baron and his displeasure at the advancement of the Despenser's over himself must have been clear. The licence may have been an easy gesture from the king to keep Charlton onside.

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.