The text is that printed in Statutes of the Realm, vol. III, page 899, with the following changes: Subheads and extra paragraph breaks have been added, even in the middle of sentences, because such chunking of the text makes it easier for a modern reader to grasp the meaning. The special ligatures and symbols needed to represent abbreviations common in 16th-century handwriting, for which no equivalents exist in online fonts, have been spelled out.
An Acte for thassise of Wood and Cole.
Where of late yeares not oonlie the Kinges Highnes, but allso all his loving Subjects have been muche deceyved in theyre fuell that they have bought, by the greadye covetous myndes of the Sellers of the same aswell by the untrue measures of Coles, lytle and litle contynuallye mynisshed, as allso in the untrue lengthe and quantytie of fagot tall wood and billet, to the greate disceyte and losse aswell of our saide Soveraigne Lorde, as allso of all his faithefull and true Subjects : For reformacion whereof be it enacted by the King our Soveraigne Lord the Lords spirituall and temporal and by the Commons in this present Parliament assembled and by thauctoritie of the same, that no persone frome the feaste of the Purificacion of our blessed Ladye, that shalbe in the yere of our Lorde a thousand fyve hundred fourtie and three, shall bargaine sell bring or convey to be uttered or solde, within the Citie of London or ells where within this Realme of Englande, ne to Calays or the marches of the same, any coles fagotes billetts or talwood but of the measures quantyties lengthes and assisses hereafter ensuing, That is to saie:
that everye quarter of coles shall conteyne in cleane coles eight busshells at the leaste :
And everye shyde of talwood to conteyne in lengthe foure fote of assyse at the leaste besyde the carfe,
and everye tall shyde of oone to be in gretnes in the middes twentie Inches of assyse at the leaste,
and everye tal shyde named of twoo, to conteyne in gretness in the middes xxvj Inches of assyse at the leaste;
And everye tall shyde named of three, to conteyne in gretness xxxij inches of assyse at the leaste;
And everye tall shyde named of foure, to conteyne in gretenes in the myddes [xxviij] ynches of assyse at the leaste;
And everye tall shyde named of fyve, to conteyne in gretenes in the midds xliiij ynches of assyse at the leaste;
And that no pece of talwood be made of any moo shydes than oonelie fyve;
and that no haulf shyde be made but oonlie of himself nor marked with an other,
and every fagot bed withall that belongeth therto, to conteyne in lengthe three foot of assyse at the leaste, the bonde of every whiche fagot to conteyne three quarters of a yarde at the least, besyde the Knot;
And everye billet to be oonelie of oone caste and not above, and the haulf of everye lode of suche billetts to be singles,
and everye single billet to contain about the middes nyne inches of assyse at the leaste and in length with the carfe three fote and an haulf of assyse,
and every double billett to be in greatnes in the mydds twelve ynches of assyse at the leaste :
and every person that so shall bargaine sell bring or convey to be uttered or solde, any coles fagot billet or talwood contrarye to the true meaning and intent of this present Acte shall forfaicte all such coles faggot billet and tallwood or the value thereof, the oone haulf of the said forfaictures to be to the King our Soveraigne Lorde and the other haulf to him that will sease the same or sue therfore in any of the Kings Courtes by write bill plainte or informacion, wherein none essoine proteccion nor wager of law to be allowed :
And further the saide Offendour within any Citie Borough or Towne, to be punished by the discreacion of the Mayre or other heade Officer of the same Citie Boroughe or Towne for the tyme being,
and the saide Offendour out of the saide Citie Borough or Towne, to be punisshed by the discreation of twoo Justices of Peace inhabyting within the [same] shyre where the Offence shalbe commytted [oo] doone,
and the saide Offendoures in Caleys or the marches of the same, to be punisshed by the discreacion of the Mayre and his Breatherne there ;
and the Offendoures contrarye to the premisses in the householde of our saide Soveraigne Lorde the King and his heyres or successores to susteyne suche further punisshement as shall seme expedient to the heade Officers of the same householde for the tyme being or three of them, wherof the treasourer or the comptoller for the tyme being to be oone.
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