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[myoo r-ij] /ˈmyʊər ɪdʒ/
noun, English Law.
a toll or tax for the repair or construction of the walls or fortifications of a town.
Origin of murage
1225-75; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to mur(er) to wall about (see mure) + -age -age Unabridged
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  • The Hanse Merchants were freed from payment of murage on account of their engagement to keep Bishopsgate in order.

    The Story of London Henry B. Wheatley
  • A wall-tax called 'murage' was levied on the inhabitants of Cheshire for keeping the walls in repair.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • Money was collected at the gates for the repair of the roads, a charge which was in addition to murage.

    The Story of London Henry B. Wheatley
British Dictionary definitions for murage


(Brit, archaic) a tax levied for the construction or maintenance of town walls
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin mūrus wall
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