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contents : Late Medieval : Transport & Trade

Summary: Towns and Markets

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In the towns and cities of medieval Ireland there was a lively trade in wine, foodstuffs, livestock, hides and wool and cloth of all kinds. Towns were granted the right to hold markets and fairs and to levy tolls on all goods presented for sale. When a town was granted a charter, it became a borough and all citizens who owned a house or business were known as burgesses. The charter gave them the right to charge traders coming into the town and to decide when markets could be held.

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