half-penny bread

1) Charity to the value of one half-penny, in bread or money, handed out at a funeral.

1529 I will that ... the poore comynaltie haue half penny brede and aile or els half pens, Spofforth

1531 that my seruand Peter ... at the day of my beriall to be delt half peny dole, Barwick

1556 at there discretion to deale peny dolle or halfpeny dolle for the helthe of my soul, Castleford

1571 I will that ther be halpeny dole delt for me at my parishe churche at Fuiston.

spellings half-penny dole
dates 1529 1531 1556 1571

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