One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Rental, taxation, or fees charged for the holding of a stall in a market.
- ‘These different taxes were known in England by the names of passage, pontage, lastage, and stallage.’
- ‘The market was supervised by a warden and by the fifteenth century that officer was farming revenues due the city from the market (e.g. stallage).’
- ‘We also forbid any one in all our land, on pain of £10 forfeiture to us, to exact toll, stallage, or any other custom from the men of Ipswich.’
- ‘The fairs brought money into the de Clifford purse by way of tolls, stallage, pickage and fines so everybody was happy not least the more local inhabitants who found increased opportunity to sell their produce, buy some necessities of life and participate in a spectacle of colourful proportions compared with their rather mean and modest lives.’
- ‘Implement an increase in stallage and pitches rents on Tuesdays, Fridays and/or Saturdays.’
- 1.1 The right to hold a stall in a market.
- ‘There arc only two modes by which the plaintiff can have sustained an injury the depriving him of tolls or of stallage.’
- ‘The grant of a market does not carry stallage with it, for stallage is not necessarily incident to a market, and the plaintiff can therefore only claim stallage as owner of the soil.’
Middle English: shortening of Old French estalage, from estal ‘stall’.
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