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Each section was marked with a landowner's initials on an end stake and a penalty of two shillings sixpence was imposed for failure to keep this initialed stake in place.

The owner of a section of fence was required to repair any break within sixteen hours or pay a fine of five shillings.

A large tract of meadow, south of Westfield, called the Great Meadow, was also apportioned among the settlers and enclosed by a common fence.

Each landowner was compelled to keep up that part of the common fence which bounded his land.

Certain designated individuals built and maintained gates instead of a specified footage of fence.

judges, so that proper tax assessments could be levied.

The leaders in the church were the leaders in civil affairs.

Except for allegiance to the English Crown, which did not weigh too heavily upon the Fathers, they acknowledged no authority but the word of God, and "combined into a little republic." Their constitution was the Scriptures.

The name is thought to derive from the Old English "snake-infested leah"; the last element could mean "clearing", or perhaps "woodland pasture".Wormley was one of the manors which were granted by Harold Godwinson to the canons of Waltham Holy Cross.It was entered in the Domesday Book of 1085 as Wermelai, with a total of 28 households.Upon them rested the responsibility of examining and passing upon the qualifications of all members.

As part of the ceremony of organization, these men appeared before the council of the church, gave a detailed account of their religious experience, made a profession of faith, and ended by reciting the covenant, written by Rev. The church was not only a dominating first cause for settlement, but also the controlling force in colonial government, education, and social life.

came from Wormela (Wormley) near Warfe Hertfordshire, England with the company that arrived in Boston in 1637.