noun[mass noun] British historical
Tax levied for building or repairing the walls of a town.
- It received its first grant of murage in 1261, yet foreign merchants complained in the following year that although murage was being collected they could see no wall-building.
- In March 1340 he travelled to London on community business, to show proof to the city authorities that Lynn burgesses were exempt from murage exactions there.
- Records of such royal orders and licences for England, Ireland and Wales can be found in The Calendar of Patent Rolls, for example this grant of murage to Northampton.
Late Middle English: from Old French from mur 'wall', from Latin murus.
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