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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 44
THE EARLY HISTORY OF TENTERDEN. By Robert Furley, F.S.A.   Continued

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.

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