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In 1370 Feb 9, Johnnes de Chidiok, miles (John Chideock; John Chidioke) was granted, by Edward III, (In year 44 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Chidiok (Chideock Castle)
Licence for John de Chidiok, knight, to crenellate his manor of Chidiok which is situated upon the sea-coast. By p.s. (CPR)

Johnnes de Chidiok, miles ... manerium de Chidiok, super costeram maris situatum ... Chidiok. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Westminster. Grant by privy seal.


This licence was ratified in 1380.

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;

Sir John de Chidiok (c. 1348-1390)
Sir John de Chidiok (c. 1348-1390), M.P. for Dorset 1369. No suggestion of royal service.

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.