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In 1328 Sept 16, Simon de Drayton (Sir Simon Drayton) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 2 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Drayton (Drayton House)
Licence for Simon de Drayton to crenellate his dwelling house of Drayton, co. Northampton, to impark 30 acres in his manor of Drayton, and to hold the premises in fee simple. By p.s. (CPR)

Simon de Drayton ... mansum ... Drayton. Northt. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Wisbech. Grant by privy seal.


also impark 30 acres.

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;

Sir Simon Drayton
Drayton had been a knight of the shire for Huntingdon in the 1322 Repeal of the Ordinances parliament. He had been an indifferent royalist under Edward II and attended the parliament in which that king was disposed. A retainer of William de Bohun, earl of Northampton, who was to take an active part in the overthrow of the regent Mortimer.

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.