n.1.In old English law, a court, or mote, held in a port town.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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To indicate the nature of the evidence in detail, an entry in the portmote rolls of Westminster Abbey for its part of the town of Pershore (Worcestershire) tells us that in December 1329 Thomas de Crowle of Worcester was impleading Alexander de Stannford of Pershore for debt.(7) More circumstances are sometimes revealed, as in a case in the same series of records for October 1335, when John de Pendock of Pershore complained that five years earlier he had sold cloth to John Bynethetoun of Bricklehampton, a village four km outside the town, but that 16d.