Statute of Westminster 1472

The Statute of Westminster 1472 was an Act of Edward IV of England requiring a tax of four bow staves per tun of cargo to be provided by each ship arriving at an English Port.[1][2]

Act of Parliament
Citation12 Edw. 4.

In 1470, an edict had been passed requiring compulsory training in the use of the longbow.[3] This resulted in a shortage of yew wood. The statute sought to overcome this shortage.


  1. ^ Statutes at Large: From Magna charta to 1800 (Great Britain, 1762)
  2. ^ Bell, Eric. "Taxus baccata: The English Yew Tree" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ Tree of the year 2013