penny town

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In 1641, the inhabitants of Hampall cum Stubbs complained at the court of Quarter Sessions that the rating system locally was not fair, since they were being assessed after the rate of a two penny towne, whereas Langthwaite cum Tiltes nere adjoyneing was not assessed at all. In a Solomon-like judgement the court decided that both territories would in future be chardged ... after the proporcon of a pennye towne. This order by the court is clear up to a point but the exact interpretation of the term penny town remains uncertain.

places Hampole
dates 1641

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