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In 1344 July 1, Prior et Conventus de Giseburghe were granted, by Edward III, (In year 18 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Giseburghe (Gisborough Priors House)
Licence for the prior and convent of Giseburgh to crenellate their dwelling-place of Giseburgh. By p.s. (CPR)

Prior et Conventus de Giseburghe ... mansum ... Giseburghe. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Westminster. Grant by privy seal.


Although often assumed to be the priory the wording may suggest a building separate from the priory. It is possible the prior had a house (possibly a guest house complex) a little distant from the priory buildings, in War's Field.

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.