Early 15th century **

Every man who keeps pigs within the town is to keep them in their sties every day, except on Saturday afternoon while [the sties] are being cleaned, upon pain of 1d. fine paid to mayor and community for every default as often as they [i.e. wandering pigs] are captured by the town officers appointed to that duty.

[A borough-employed pig-keeper is seen in 1360/61, and may be implied in the ordinance of 1331. A further ordinance against wandering pigs was made in November 1427, when it was allowed to whoever captured a loose pig to keep the animal unless the owner redeemed it for 4d.]