On the 9th of January 1405 he found time to attend a court at Higham Ferrers and be admitted to a burgage there.
The borough is again mentioned in 1487-1488, when John Plecy held six messuages in free burgage of the king as of his borough of Wimborne, but it seems to have been entirely prescriptive, and was never a parliamentary borough.
On the 9th of June 1405 Chicheley was admitted, in succession to his father, to a burgage in Higham Ferrers.
Since the Conveyancing (Scotland) Act 1874, there is, however, not much distinction between burgage tenure and free holding.
The parliamentary franchise was enjoyed by the mayor, aldermen and the holders of burgage tenements.
Several of the Plantagenet kings visited the town, including Richard II., who stopped here some time on his return from Ireland in 1299, and is said to have performed here his last regal act - the confirmation of the grant of a burgage to the Friars Preachers.
Made a grant to the abbot and convent of Whitby of a burgage in the vill of Whitby, and Richard de Waterville, abbot 1175-1190, granted the town in free burgage to the burgesses.
In a borough a similar holding was called a burgage tenement.
In 1 292 William de Tabley, lord of both Over and Nether Knutsford, granted free burgage to his burgesses in both Knutsfords.
There are traces of burgage tenure at Horsham in 1210, and it was called a borough in 1236.