1) There are references to pontage from the twelfth century (OED): it was a toll levied on goods that crossed certain bridges and it was supposed to contribute to their maintenance.

A writ of 1155 allowed the servants of Fountains Abbey to cross the Ure at Boroughbridge free of passagium and pontagium. There were tolls at Ferrybridge from 1228 and at Cottingham: 1282 ‘the men of Sokene for pontage of Saltenges’.

dates 1155 1228 1282

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