Statute of Westminster 1472

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The Statute of Westminster 1472 was an Act of Edward IV of England requiring a tax of four bow staves per tun of cargo to be provided by each ship arriving at an English Port.[1]

In 1470 an edict had been passed requiring compulsory training in the use of the longbow.[2] This resulted in a shortage of yew wood. The statute sought to overcome this shortage.

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