Alexander de Tenwardine and two others had been
guilty of purpresture, or encroachment on the King's highway, by the
erection of three shops; the jury decided that these erections were not
a nuisance to the highway, and they were permitted to remain on the
payment of a fee-farm rent of twelve horseshoes!
A little later, it is recorded that seven more shops had
been erected in the High Street of Tenterden, worth yearly 3s. 5d., and
the sheriff was directed to levy this sum for the King as lord of the
seven hundreds. In the next reign these shops are again presented as a
nuisance; but, as rent had been paid to the King for them, they were
suffered to remain.
A common path, from the ville of Tenterden to the ville of
Reding, had been wrongfully enclosed with a ditch and hedge, and
another, from Reding to Woodchurch and Halden, had been also stopped,
and the sheriff was ordered to "de-obstruct" them. He was also
ordered to pull down a house built partly on the highway in Tenterden.
A woman had sold eight butts of wine in two years, and a
man had sold forty butts, contrary to the assize, and
they were amerced for it.
The archbishop's bailiff Robert de Cherringe (Charing), had
made an illegal distress, and was amerced.
Ralph de la Burn, being accused of larceny, was
apprehended, but escaped from the frankpledge or borough of Waren de
Burwarsile, and Waren was amerced for the escape. Here let me pause a
moment and ask whether the moder Boresisle is not, like many similar
ones, a corruption? and whether we ought not to look for its derivation
from burh, a hill, or bærn, a grove with water round it,
rather than the derivation which tradition has given to it as a favoured
spot for wild-boar hunting.
Certain persons were indicted for robbery and fled. They
were outlawed, but being strangers and not in any borough, the hundred
was not liable.
A quarrel took place in a tavern at Tenterden, and one man
struck another on the head with a staff, so that he died. The offender
fled, and the borough was amerced because the "hue and cry"
was not raised.