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In 1376, the Prior and Convent were possibly granted, by Edward III, (In year 49 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate (Gisborough Priory)

There is insufficient evidence to be certain about this possible licence to crenellate. (Some licences may be lost from record and others may have wrongly presumed to have been granted or may be total inventions.)


Jackson writes "In 1376 a licence to crenellate was reputedly issued to the 'Prior and Convent to enclose and embattle the walls of the Priory'. This wall and a ditch enclosed about ninety acres, and had two gateways." This is not a confusion with the enrolled 1344 licence which Jackson also records. I presume Jackson's source is Ord.
In the 49th Ed. III. the king granted his license to the prior and convent to enclose and embattle the walls of the priory. Part of this wall remained till the last few years at the upper part of the hall-garden, but has fallen beneath the ruthless hand of time—or man ! (Ord)

This is not enrolled in usual rolls (CPR; CChR; CCR). There is a LC to Selby abbey granted in 49 Edw III but it seems unlikely Selby could be misread as Gisburne (the usual medieval version of Gisborough), even in Latin manuscript. Possibly enrolled elsewhere, or roll lost, or erroneous.

Significant later sources are;

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Record created by Philip Davis. This record last updated on Sunday, October 4, 2015.