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men and tenants of Long Bennington and Foston, Lincolnshire (Benyngton and Foston, co. Lincoln) was granted an exemption from murage dated 8/1/1394.

To all sheriffs, mayors, bailiffs, ministers and lieges of the king to whom etc. Order to suffer the men and tenants of Thomas duke of Gloucestre of the honour of Richemonde of Benyngton and Foston co. Lincoln to be quit of payment of toll, stallage, chimenage, pontage, pavage, picage, murage and passage upon their goods and wares as they ought to be, and as all their ancestors ever used to be, being tenants of the said honour, releasing any distress made upon any of them; as on behalf of the men and tenants of the said honour in Lincolnshire it is shewn the king that by custom heretofore kept and approved in the realm they are and ought to be quit throughout the realm of payment of all such customs, and all their ancestors aforesaid used so to be time out of mind, but that in divers parts of the realm they are many times being distrained for payment of toll etc.
Et erat patens.
Nov. 28. 1399. Westminster. 1 Henry IV
Mandate to all sheriffs and others to permit the men and tenants of the honour of Richemond of Benyngton and Foston, co. Lincoln, to be quit of toll, stallage, cheminage, pontage, pavage, picage, murage and passage for their goods and merchandise within the realm, according to custom.

Granted by Richard II. (Regnal year 17). Granted at Westminster.
Primary Sources
Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1925, Calendar of Close Rolls Richard II (1392-96) Vol. 5 p. 187 online
Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1903, Calendar of Patent Rolls Henry IV (1399-1401) Vol. 1 p. 128 view online copy

The two villages form one manor which seems to have been part of the holdings of the Duchy of Lancaster, presumably originally from the Earldom of Richmond. Long Bennington lies on the Great North Road.

Record created by Philip Davis. This record created 19/01/2009. Last updated on 19/01/2013. First published online 6/01/2013.

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