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In 1341 Sept 10, Gerardus de Wodrynton (Gerard Widdrington) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 15 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Castrum de Wodryngton (Widdrington Castle)
Licence for Gerard de Wodryngton to crenellate his dwelling-place of Wodryngton and impark his woods of Wodryngton, Stanlegh, Legh, Leghflat and Hamstokis. By p.s. (CPR)

Gerardus de Wodrynton ... mansum ... Wodryngton. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Tower of London. 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;

Gerard Widdrington (1302-1362)
Widdrington family stand conspicuous in the list of sheriffs of Northumberland. Gerard was the eldest son of Sir John de Widdrington. His younger brother, Roger, was to obtain a licence for Swinburne in 1346.

Recorded as releasing prisoners for ransom during wars in Scotland in 1374 (Dalrymple, 1797, p. 241 referencing Foedera, T. v. p. 594). Apart from this military service no suggestion of royal service or court contact.

Biographical source include;

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.