chapter  I
TRAVEL
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To the mayor and constables of the king’s staple of Westminster. Inasmuch as the T highway leading from the gate called Templebarre, London, to the gate of the abbey of Westminster, by the frequent passage of carts and horses bringing merchandise and victuals to the staple, from the time when the staple began, has become so worn down and muddy and the pavement is so deteriorated and broken as to require immediate repair, the king, taking into consideration that as well the lords who take rents from houses and other tenements in places where the staple is held, especially as these are let to farm at a much dearer rent by reason of the staple and so they receive a greater profit, as the merchants and others of their goods by the carriage of which the way and pavement are deteriorated, should contribute to the repair, has with the assent of the council ordained that every one having such rent of tenements shall cause the front of his tenement to be paved at his own charge from the side wall or the wall [pariete sive muro], where the way is broad, for seven feet as far as the channel, and, where the way is not so broad for fewer feet, as the mayor and constables shall ordain; and in aid of the new paving of the middle of the way between the channels, where such tenements are situated, and of the whole way and of the pavement, where there are no tenements, and of the building of a bridge at Westminster palace to serve the staple, he has granted certain customs [specified] to be taken of goods coming to the staple, to be taken for three years by the hands of the constables or their deputies; provided always that, if any pence of the customs be collected beyond the three years not applied to the pavage and buildings, these shall be kept and expended as required in the repair of the way and bridge.