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In 1399 April 2, Willielmus de Stirkeland (William Strickland) was granted, by Richard II, (In year 22 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Penreth (Hutton Hall, Penrith)
Licence for William de Stirkeland, to whom the king lately granted licence to crenellate with stone and lime a chamber in Penreth upon the March of Scotland, to make a mantlet of stone and lime, join it to the said chamber and crenellate the same and so hold it for ever, in aid and succour of the said town and adjacent country. By p.s. (CPR)

The roll recites the previous grant thus: "nuper," &c., "concessimus," &c., "licentiam," &c., "kernellandi quandam cameram in villa de Penreth March. Scociae. Nos de uberiori gratia nostra concessimus" &c., "licentiam quod ipse unum mantelettum de petra et calce facere et camerae prasdictae conjungere et mantelettum praedictam kernellare," &c. (Turner and Parker p. 420-1n.k)

Granted at Westminster. Grant by privy seal.


In 1397 William Strickland obtained a licence to strengthen and crenellate his pele tower. Two years later a further licence was granted to build a barmkin.

Perriam (2008) argues that Strickland is more likely to have built Hutton Hall, a tower in the town, on the bases of the 1397/99 licences, and that the castle was built by one of the Nevills, probably in 1386. The 1397 licence wording of cameram suam in villa seems to support this suggestion but the 1399 licence wording to build a barmkin adjancent to the tower may fit better with Penrith Castle. However Perriam's evidence is convincing and, from April 2010, Gatehouse attributes this licence to Hutton Hall although previous versions of this list, online and in print, have identified it with Penrith Castle.

William Strickland (d. 1419), long civil and legal service to the bishop of Carlisle and to the Percys and Cliffords became Bishop of Carlisle himself in 1399, although some difficulties in the process meant he was not actually consecrated until 1400. Here the repeat is probably part of honouring the new bishop although there may have also been new building.

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;

William Strickland (d. 1419)
William Strickland (d. 1419), long civil and legal service to the bishop of Carlisle and to the Percys and Cliffords became Bishop of Carlisle himself in 1399.

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.