lay

1) A noun with the meaning tax or rate.

The first example quoted was a payment for a ferry crossing: 1530 for the ferelay at Lytilburgh, York although lays were more usually township or parish charges: 1579 for on laye to the churche of Spofforthe vjs, Stockeld

1608 controversie touching certaine laies and sessmentes latelie imposed, Ampleforth

1621 Netherthwonge is a Hamlett within the Towneshipp of Meltame and ... itt bearethe a third of all layes

1642 wee must pay Noutheard-wages, and Sesses and layes, Elmswell.

dates 1530 1579 1608 1642

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2) To re-steel a cutting instrument, a word first recorded in 1475-6 (OED).

1580 for laynge one axe vijd

1581 Item for layinge ij axes, xiiijd, Stockeld.

places Stockeld
dates 1580 1581

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