A tax that used to be paid in cash when entering a town – by a person and then also called foot money or – by a loaded vehicle (loaded carrier); in the second case practically an internal tariff, also called octroi (internal tariff). The proceeds from the gate money were often appropriated to the maintenance of city wall and gate guards; a part was also sometimes allocated to the poor fund. – Holders of a charter were usually exempt from paying the gate money, which was considered to be settled with the payment of the permit money. – See bridge toll, causeway toll, city toll, ferry toll, ford toll, harbor toll, crane toll, masonry toll, lock toll, toll, watch toll.
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