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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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Historical Examples
  • 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
  • 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
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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