King Edward III arrived in Peterborough on this day to stay at the monastery on a visit. he had crossed the, by now dilapidated wooden bridge over the Nene and had obviously made some complaint about it. When he discovered that no one seemed to take responsibility for the upkeep of this link with the wider world, he granted a licence to four local men to take tolls from merchants carrying goods across the bridge and, with that money, to maintain the bridge. Two of these are recorded as being the Rector of St Mary's church, Orton Waterville, and Richard of Lincoln, of Lincoln's Place in Midgate. (Bull, J. and V., Scene Magazine, 2012)
Taken from The Peterborough Book of Days, By Brian Jones. The History Press, 2014.