Sunday, 6 November 2016

(Jewish) OTD: 6 November, part 2.


Also issued on the 6 November is a Letter Patent from 1279, to the “bailiffs and good men of Huntingdon”. This permitted the Jews to charge pontage (effectively a toll for the maintenance of bridges). It had long been the custom that Jews could be charged to pass over a bridge. This particular entry, allows for the collection of general pontage from the feast of St. Martin in Winter (11 November 1279) for the period of three years. What is interesting for our purposes is that this included the charge of ½d. per Jew who crossed on foot, and 1d. per Jew on horseback. This latter reference is interesting for me and I’d love to do a study on Jewish horse ownership at some point – if nobody beats me to it.

Robin R. Mundill, “The Jewish entries from the Patent Rolls, 1272-1292”, Jewish Historical Studies, 32 (1990-1992), pp. 63-64. 

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