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In 1370 Dimmock obtained a licence from Bishop Brantingham of Exeter to hear mass privately in his own oratory for one year. Where the oratory was situated is not known, but it may have been at Little Modbury, in south Devon, where other members of the Dimmock family resided, especially as Walter had a reversionary interest in the local manor. He was a kinsman, perhaps even the father, of William Dimmock, who was to sit for Exeter in the Parliament of 1406. Walter twice appeared as a surety in Chancery, on the first occasion, in May 1393, for John Falewell, a Devonshire landowner, and on the second, in November 1398, when he promised, under a pain of £100, to produce Ralph Gonely, esquire, before the court.1 It seems likely that it was the same Walter Dimmock who served as portreeve of Sutton Priour (Plymouth) in 1398-9, but this is not possible to verify.2 No connexion has been discovered between Dimmock and the borough of Tavistock.