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In 1332 May 26, Abbas et Conventus de Evesham (Abbot and Convent of Evesham Abbey) were granted, by Edward III, (In year 6 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Evesham (Evesham Abbey)
Licence for the abbot and convent of Evesham to crenellate their house beyond the gate of the abbey. By p.s. (CPR)

Abbas et Conventus de Evesham ... domum suam ultra portam Abbati illius ... Evesham, Wygorn. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Woodstock. Grant by privy seal.


House beyond the gate of the abbey. Abbot at the time was William de Cheriton, who does not seem to have had other political interests.

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;

William de Cheriton

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