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Peter's Pence

A tax payable to the Pope was established 787. After being dormant for a time it was revived by William the Conqueror. In 1534 it was appropriated to the Crown by Henry VIII.
It is also known as Pentecostals, Romescot, and Smoke Farthings.

Saxon Coins

The early tax would have been paid with Saxon coins, and romantically these coins have been associated too closely to the old tax. On Herman Moll's map of the North Riding of York Shire, the antiquities illustrated in the right margin are:-

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Sancta Petri Moneta, or St. Peters Pence are Saxon Coins and Struck at York


In Cumbria the tax has been used, in the past, to fund the sands guide across Lancaster Sands.

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