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In 1327 July 10, Alanus de Cherleton (Sir Alan Charlton) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 1 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Appeleye (Apley Castle)
Licence for Alan de Cherleton to crenellate his dwelling-houses of Appeleye and Wytheford, co. Salop. By p.s. (CPR)

Alanus de Cherleton ... mansum ... Appeleye, Salop. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Topclif'. Grant by privy seal.


Joint with Wytheford.

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;

Alan Charlton (d. 1360)
Alan was elder brother to John Charlton, who had been a leading figure in Edward II's government but who had supported Queen Isabella's invasion and overthrow of the king. Alan can be assumed to have also assisted the new government. He was governor of Montgomery and Wigmore Castles. The geneology is confused but Alan is recorded as marring Margery, daughter of Hugh FitzAer son of Ayer of Witiford or Witheford, so the Withyford property may have come as a dowery.

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