- Concerning all herring brought to town by fishermen who
are strangers, the host may have
[i.e. buy] two parts and the community the
third part (for the same price that the host buys each of his parts).
- The host may have half of all herring brought by English
fishermen not of the town, and the community the other half at the same
Fishermen of the town must sell half their herring to the
- No-one is to buy herring and take it to his house before the
town wardens have seen it and
obtained the community's half.
- The committee selects as wardens [of the herring
trade]: Henry Spitlyng, John Ellingham, Thomas Eye, John Norton,
William Oudolf, Thomas Adams, Thomas Halle, and Richard Roberd. They
are to be replaced annually [through election?] by the
community. They are to have 4d. per last for their fee.
- The bailiffs, 24, and the wardens shall be sworn each year
to uphold these statutes.
[These articles were copied from a document issued by bailiffs and
community on 25 January 1413, in which they agreed to accept a set of
ordinances made by a 10-burgess committee they had appointed for that
purpose apparently a settlement of concerns over local merchants
having too much control over the herring trade. By this period, the
fishery was much less productive than it had been a century earlier;
the scarcity and price of herring had increased, making it more important
to the lesser townsmen that they had access to this high-protein food
without the interference of middlemen.]