August 1491

Whenever any man is summoned to take part [as juror] in an inquest between one party and another, and he fails to appear, wilfully absenting himself, he will be allowed grace at the first default, but for the second default is to be amerced 3d., for the third 6d., the fourth 12d., and thus doubling with each further default. The bailiffs are to levy these amercements to the profit of the town, without any remission. The chamberlains are to account for the same at their audit, based on entries [of the amercements] to be made in the [court] records by the steward.