- Offence mentioned in a section of *DB dealing with the laws of the city of Chester. Hengwite was failure to raise the *hue and cry. An ordinary citizen was liable to a fine of 10s, while an *earl or king's *reeve had to pay a fine of 20s. -
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.
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hengwite — var. hangwite, Obs … Useful english dictionary
hengwíte — n ( es/ u) fine for not detaining an offender … Old to modern English dictionary
Forsteal — An offence mentioned in *DB relating the laws of the city of Chester. It meant violent affray in the streets. The penalty was a fine of £4 if committed on a feast day or a Sunday; on other days the fine was 40s. Cf. Fihtwite, Forestel; Hamfare;… … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases
Hamfare — The crime of breaking into a house to rob. It is mentioned in the *DB entry for the city of Chester, in the section where its laws are itemised. For hamfare, the penalty was a fine of £4 if committed on a Sunday or feast day, while 40s was… … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases