Constate of King Charles

A Constate passed in the Reign of King Charles the first, the Tenants, Inhabitants and Residents of Aldbourn in the County of Wilts

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Translation of a Constate for Tenants,Residents and Inhabitants of Aldbourn in the County of Wilts.

Charles, by the grace of God of England,Scotland France and Ireland, King Defender of the faith &c – To all and singular,Mayors,Sheriffs,Constables,Bailiffs,Officers presiding and all other s our Ministers and subjects whatsoever as well within Liberties as without, and to each and every of them greeting –

Forasmuch as all the People and Tenants of and resident within our Duchy of Lancaster and every one of them are and ought to be exempt,free and discharged by virtue of and under divers grants and Letters patent of divers former Kings of England from exactions and payment in respect of Theolin,Pawnage,Passage,Lastage,Stallage,Tallage,Pollage Passage Picage,Murage,and Terrage for their goods things and merchandise in all and singular Fairs and Market Towns, and places whatsoever within and throughout our Kingdom of England.

Wherefore we firmly command you jointly and severally as you will answer the contrary at your peril that upon sight hereof you freely permit and suffer all the People, and Tenants,Inhabitants and Residents of and in our toen and Lordship of Aldbourn and the Memebrs thereof – Paral of our Duchy of Lancaster in our County of Wilts tp come pass and go with all and singular their goods things and Merchandise at whatsoever Fairs,Markets,Towns and places whatsoever and wheresoever they or any of them or any of their servants shall please without molestation and without Theolin,Pawnage,Passage,Lastage,Staleage Taleage,Poliage,Pecage,Passage,Murage, or Terrage to be exacted had or taken inv respect thereoff – And also, moreover we firmly command you jointly and severally to cause the tenor of these presents to be publickly proclaimed in all and singular fairs and Markets as well within Liberties as without and in all other places whatsoever where it may seem expedient that all thesaid People and Tenants,Inhabitants and Residents of and in our Town and Lordship of Aldbourne aforesaid and of all the aforesaid Members thereof in the County of Wilts which are parcel of our said Duchy of Lancaster from time to time may freely and quickly go and be in all and singular Fairs,Towns,Markets and places whatsoever with their goods,things and Merchandise without any thing to be taken of them or any of their Servants by reason of there Premises and this under the Penalty of One Hundred Pounds to be paid to us by whomsoever or whosoever that shall exact or take any thing from the same people our Tenants,Inhabitants or Residents or any of their servants contrary to the Tenor of these Premises commanding all and every Person it shall or may concern in this behalf to be obedient,aiding and assisting to you and every of you in the execution of these Presents – Provided always that all and everyour People and Tenants,Inhabitants and Residents of and in the Town and Lordship of Aldbourn aforesaid and of and in the Memebrs thereof are to pay Theolin,Pawnage & x in all and singular the Fairs,Markets Towns and places whatsoever within our Duchy of Lancaster where any Theolin,Pawnage &c and other dues have before been imposed or paid – anything in these presents contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

In witness whereof we have caused these our Letters to be made patent Dated at our Palace of Westminster – under the seal of our Duchy of Lancaster aforesaid the twenty seventh day of May in the fourth year of our Reigh.

Gerard.