Manuscript notice or draft poster headed 'Town of Leek | Schedule of Tolls and Stallage Duties due and payable to George Nathaniel Best and Edward Rooke Esquires and their Lessee in respect of Goods Cattle and Commodities exposed to sale, [...]'.

Leek, Staffordshire, public market tolls and duties [George Nathaniel Best (d.1845); John Cruso (1789-1867), Leek solicitor; Edward Rooke; Robert John Barr, Leeds solicitor]
Town of Leek | Schedule of Tolls and Stallage Duties
Publication details: 
Undated [1840s].
SKU: 11102

On one side of piece of laid paper, roughly 48 x 59 cm, watermarked 'J A | 1840'. Clear, complete and neatly written. Text in italic and headings in gothic script. Good, on aged paper, unobtrusively repaired on reverse with archival tape. Eighteen numbered tolls and duties are described, with their costs, in the following four subsections: 'Tolls for Cattle', 'Tolls for Goods &c exposed for sale in cases where Stalls are not used', 'Tolls and stallage Duties upon Butchers' and 'Other Tolls and Stallage Duties on Goods exposed to sale upon Stalls | either opened or covered'. Begins with a £4 charge 'For every Horse, Mare, Gelding, Ass, or Mule, actually sold', and ends with toll number 17 'For any quantity of Fish, Cheese, Bacon, Bread, Wool, Fruit or Vegetables (except Cakes on small Stands before mentioned)', £2. No 19, but the last entry is 20: 'No Tolls are payable in resepect of Corn, Butter, Eggs Fowls, Geese, Turkeys, Ducks, Pigeons and Rabbits exposed for sale in Baskets.' At foot of document: 'By Order of the Owners of Fairs and Markets | John Cruso Solicitor Leek | Barr Lofthouse & Nelson [amended from 'Robert John Barr'] Solicitors Leeds'. The document is amended in pencil, with such comments as 'What is the Toll of Cattle brot. to Market and not Sold?' and 'Do their Tolls agree with the Tolls paid to previous Lessees?'