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Carthusian Priory of Witham (Wyttenham) was granted an exemption from murage dated reign of Edward I.

Feb. 8. 1310. Westminster. 3 Edward II
Exemption of the goods of the priors and brethren of Henton and Wytham, of the Carthusian Order, from any taxes which may be granted to the king by the commonalty of the kingdom or the clergy, in consideration of a like exemption granted to them by the late king. By K.
June 10. 1345. Westminster. 19 Edward III
To the mayor and bailiffs of Bristol. Order to supersede the exaction made upon the prior and brethren of Wyttenham, of the Carthusian order, for murage, pannage, quayage, or other such customs on things necessary to them or their serjeants, which they have bought in that town, restoring to them without delay anything which they have levied for that cause, as Henry III granted that they and the places granted to them should be quit of works of castles, bridges, ditches and houses, and of toll, passage, payage, pontage, lestage and every service and custom throughout his land, and now the king has learned from the prior and brethren that although they ought to be quit of such murage, etc. by virtue of that charter yet the mayor and bailiffs exact such murage, etc. from them, whereupon they have besought the king to provide a remedy.

Granted by Henry III.
Primary Sources

Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1894, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward II (1307-13) Vol. 1 p. 207 view online copy
Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1904, Calendar of Close Rolls Edward III (1343-46) Vol. 7 p. 589 online

Secondary Sources
Page, Wm (ed), 1911, 'Houses of Carthusian monks: The priory of Witham' VCH Somerset Vol. 2 p. 123-128 online

Record created by Philip Davis. This record created 07/03/2009. Last updated on 19/01/2013. First published online 6/01/2013.

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