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In 1380 June 2, Jonannes de Chidiok was granted, by Richard II, (In year 3 of his reign) a Confirmation licence to crenellate Chidiok (Chideock Castle)
Inspeximus and confirmation, in favour of John de Chidiok, knight, of letters patent dated 9 February, 44 Edward III., being a licence for him to crenellate his manor of Chidiok, on the sea coast. For mark paid in the hanaper. (CPR)

Jonannes de Chidiok ... manerium ... Chidiok. (Turner and Parker)

Granted at Westminster. Grant by For half a mark paid in the hanaper.


This requires further research but the ratification suggests some local problem and a need to confirm the royal cachet of a licence.

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.