The following is an extract from the Eckington Court Rolls
that Henry Wigfall cut down and
carried away a taxus (yewe tree) recently growing on Ridgway More. He was
therefore amerced 6s.
The word amerced means "punished by a fine" and it
could be that the reason for this penalty was because the yew tree was vital for
making English Longbows.
(The wage of a labourer at this time was 8d per day and,
if Henry was a carpenter, his wage would have been about 12d per day. If he was
able to spare 5% of his income, it would have taken several months to pay off
Notes: 6s = 6 shillings = 72d = 30 new