from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Money exacted for wearing spurs in church. See the quotation.


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  • "Wee think it very necessarye that every quorister sholde bringe with him to churche a Testament in Englishe, and turne to everie chapter as it is daily read, or som other good and godly prayer-booke, rather than spend their tyme in talk and hunting after _spur-money_, whereon they set their whole mindes, and do often abuse dyvers if they doe not bestowe somewhat on them."

    Notes and Queries, Number 30, May 25, 1850 Various

  • _ -- I beg to offer the following humble illustration of spur-money, which I copied from the belfry wall of All Saints Church at

    Notes and Queries, Number 28, May 11, 1850 Various

  • There, a party of choristers, attended by a troop of boys, were pursuing another gallant, who had ventured into the cathedral booted and spurred, and were demanding "spur-money" of him -- an exaction which they claimed as part of their perquisites.

    Old Saint Paul's A Tale of the Plague and the Fire William Harrison Ainsworth 1843

  • a crowd of hangers-on followed him as he went, loudly demanding spur-money.

    The Midnight Queen May Agnes Fleming 1860


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