December 1444

Carts that transport malodorous and other vile materials through the streets of the town may do so only twice a week, that is on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Anyone who dumps such materials at the Muckhill, or in the watercourses or ditches shall pay [a fine of] 1d. for each "treyefull", 2d. for every "soo" and 4d. for every "grete lepe", and shall forfeit the treye, soo or grete lepe. Butchers shall obey the same in transporting animal entrails in enclosed carts or barrows to the river at flood, half-ebb, or half-flood.

[Since entrails are separately mentioned, the materials initially referred to were probably primarily dung and manure, perhaps including human refuse. An ordinance made early the following year specified a quarterly fee payable per household to carters who were presumably collecting such refuse. It is not evident where this offensive material could be dumped, if not at the Muckhill. I am not certain what were the measures mentioned, although a "leap" is a name which occurs throughout the late Middle Ages as a container for a dry measure, and a "treye" was a tray which (in some circumstances) held about 6 lb. avoirdupois and may have resembled the v-shaped container used for carrying mortar, although the term could also be used for a sled.]