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In 1344 Nov 12, Robert Sifrewast (Cyfrewast) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 18 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Hoke (Hooke Court)
Licence for Robert Sifrewast to crenellate his dwelling place of Hoke, co. Dorset. By p.s. (CPR)

Robert Sifrewast ... possit kernellare mansum suam de ... Hoke, Dors. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Melford. 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;

Robert Sifrewast (1295-1348)
The Sifrewasts were a knightly family with holdings in Dorset and Berkshire (apparently there were two branches of the family). The term 'king's yeoman' implies service at court although the lack of other records suggests, in this case, the service was relatively minor.

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.