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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
page 319



313 ROGEK OF WKNDOVEIÎ. [A . n. 1015. account of the forest. All woods, which were forested by our brother king Richard, shall be immediately disforested, unless they are woods of our demesne. Archbishops, bishops, abbat.*, priors, earls, barons, knights, and free tenants, who have wood in the forest, shall hold possession of their wood as they did at the time of the coronation of our aforesaid grandfather king Henry, so that they shall be for ever free from all annoyances, waste, and elearages made in those woods from that time till the commencement of the second year of our coronation ; and whoever henceforth commit waste, nuisance, or make clearance, in those woods without our permission, shall be answerable for such waste, annoyance, or clearance. Our inspectors shall go through the forests to take account, as was the custom at the time of the coronation of our said grandfather king Henry, and no otherwise. Inquisitions or views concerning the footing of dogs in a forest shall be taken henceforth when survey ought to be taken, that is to say, every third year; and then it shall be taken according to the view and testimony of legal men. and no otherwise; and if any person's dog is then found not footed, he shall pay three shillings for alms. Henceforth no oxen shall be taken for footing; but such footing shall commonly be by assize, that three claws shall be taken from his hind foot without the hall. Dogs henceforth shall not be footed, unless at the place where they used to be footed at the time of the coronation of our said grandfather king Henry. No forester or bedel shall henceforth make a tallage, or shall collect sheaves of oats or other kinds of corn, or sheep or pigs, or make any collection, and when the inspection is made, so many foresters shall be appointed to guard the forests its, in the view alici on the oath of twelve inspectors, shall seem sufficient in reason for the purpose. 'o swainmote shall be hereafter held in our kingdom except three times a year, namely, fifteen days before Michaelmas, when our officers go round to levy tax for maintaining the fences of our woods ; and at Martinmas, when the same officers collect our pannage;* and at those two swainmotes the foresters, venturers, and collectors, \ shall assemble, and no one else, by writ of distringas. And the third swainmote " Money paid ff»r hed^wanle which catlle fed on. f Of taxes for repairing the fxiuiids of a piece of ground.


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