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In 1334 June 1, Ricardus de Chaumbernoune (Richard Champernowne) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 8 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Medebury (Modbury Castle)
Licence for Richard de Chaumbernoun to crenellate his manor of Medebury, co. Devon. By p.s. (CPR)

Ricardus de Chaumbernoune ... manerium ... Medebury, Devon. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Helmsley. 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;

Richard Champernowne
Richard appears to have been a younger son, with no inheritance of his own, who married Joan Okeston, whose mother had previously married into the de Valletort family. As a result, Modbury, together with extensive estates of the de Valletorts, was later transferred to Richard Champernowne by Edward II.

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.