August 1491

Henceforth, he who is bailiff one year shall not be bailiff [again] for five full years afterwards. Each time that one of the 24 (whoever he may be) presumes to break, or by any subtle means or collusion causes to be broken, this ordinance in any way, and is found guilty thereof by sufficient evidence, shall pay a forfeit of £40 – half to the king and half to the profit of the community – to be levied on him or his goods. If any of the 12 persons [of the electoral committee] is obstinate and, for favour or through ill-will, presumes to behave contrarily to these ordinances and impose [his will] on part or all [of the choices], each that does so and is found guilty shall pay a forfeit of 40s. – half to the king and half to the profit of the town. This ordinance is to be read out each year by the steward, or his deputy, to those 12 persons when they take their oath at the election, so that they are well advised of their responsibility; and the steward or his deputy shall assign them their task and administer the oath, according to the form and intent of these ordinances.

[We may infer from the opening part of the ordinance that bailiffs were selected from the 24 jurats – something which appears to be the case a century earlier, although the evidence is too scant to be certain.]