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In 1410 Jan 8, Robert Waterton, esquire, Thomas de Toveton, clerk, Nicholas Colne and William Baroweby were granted, by Henry IV, (In year 11 of his reign) a Royal licence to crenellate Wodhall in Metheley (Woodhall)
Licence for Robert de Waterton, esquire, Thomas de Toveton, clerk, Nicholas Colne and William Baroweby to crenellate their manor of Wodhall in Metheley, co. York. By K. (CPR)

Granted at Westminster. Grant by King.


Clearly the house was Waterton's but the reason for mentioning the other men is unclear. However the mention of Thomas Towton, the Master of Pontefract Hospital, may suggest that 'Wodhall' was a part of the hospitals lands transfered to Waterton in 1410.

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 Waterton
In 1408 the Master of the Hospital released to John Waterton of Lincolnshire the rights to Woodhall in Methley which were lands and tenements situated in Woodhall which were part of the Manor of Methley. In 1410 the Master of the Hospital of Pontefract transferred to Robert Waterton, the Manor of Methley in exchange for Manors in Lincolnshire and Wath-on-Dearne thus making John Waterton a tenant of his brother Robert. Sir Robert Waterton the new Lord of the Manor it would seem was a man of great importance. It was reported that in 1399 he had been appointed ‘Master of the Kings Horses and Armour’. He was a confidant of Henry IV and was described in 1404 as the Kings Esquire, he also became Master of the Kings Hounds.
Thomas de Towton Master of the Hospital of St Nicholas, Pontefract.

Biographical source include;

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