from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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."
_ -- I beg to offer the following humble illustration of spur-money, which I copied from the belfry wall of All Saints Church at
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.
a crowd of hangers-on followed him as he went, loudly demanding spur-money.