August 1491

Henceforth the fine of every new burgess who is to be made [i.e. permitted to enter the franchise] by advice of the bailiffs and chamberlains, is to be affeered at a minimum of 20s., to be collected for the profit of the community. Those who have the means are to be asked to pay more, according to an old ordinance under the common seal of the town which is kept in the common hutch.