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1212 The priors receive King John's writ for the recovery of lands at Houghton.
Three representatives of the Pope arrive to preach a crusade. 1214 Stephen, Archbishop of Canterbury, visits Dunstable. 1215 King John spends the night at Dunstable on his journey north.
1217 Itinerant justices come to Dunstable and take the people's oath of allegiance to Henry III. The prior enforces his claims of tithe of hay against many parishioners.
The English barons with Louis, Dauphin of France, in arms against the king, halt for a night in Dunstable after their defeat at Lincoln, and badly damage the church. Robert, Bishop of Lismore, and Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, at Dunstable.
1185 Thomas, the Prior of Dunstable, borrows £50 from Aaron of Lincoln, a Jewish moneylender.
1194 King Richard introduces a licensing system under which tournaments can legally be held in authorised parts of England. 1202-17 Simon of Pattishall receives land from the Prior of Dunstable. 1203 A three-day fair in May is granted by King John who also gives the whole of the Manor of Houghton with its rights and profits to the Priory.
1123 King Henry I and his court spend Christmas at Kingsbury, Dunstable.
1125 Work has started by this date on building the Augustinian Priory at Dunstable.
1130 A payment of one penny a day is authorised for a steward to look after the house (royal residence) when the King is not here.Mossy, a Jew, unsuccessfully sues the prior for £700.His friends pay the king a mark of gold and £100 to save him from hanging for forgery.The Priory is given half the parish of Pattishall in Northamptonshire. 1221 The Priory publishes The Customal, a set of rules stating how the market should operate.The roof on the Priory's presbytery falls in but is quickly repaired.