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In 1337 Oct 2, Abbas et Conventus de Buckelond (the abbot and convent) were granted, by Edward III, (In year 11 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Buckelond [Buklond] (Buckland Abbey)
Licence for the abbot and convent of Buklond to crenellate the dwelling-place and church of their abbey in the county of Devon. By p.s. (CPR)

Abbas et Conventus de Buckelond ... mansum Abbathiae suae ... Buckelond, Devon. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Westminster. 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;

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.