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In 1341 Oct 18, Robertus de Langeton (Robert Langton) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 15 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Neuton in Makerfeld (Newton in Makerfield)
Licence for Robert de Longeton to crenellate his dwelling-place of Neuton in Makerfeld. By p.s. (CPR)

Robertus de Langeton ... mansum ... Neuton in Makerfeld. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Westminster. Grant by privy seal.


It seems unlikely that this refers to the motte at Castle Hill. Probably a building on the site of the now demolished C17 Newton Hall.

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;

Robert Langton (d. 1361)
Robert is sometimes described as baron but there is no evidence he sat in parliament, or much evidence of any activity.

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.