Source: Canterbury Corporation Archives: R/F 6: Kent Archaeological Society xviii 203
Title: Canterbury Freemen's Roll 23-24 Edward II
Admitted by redemption
Entrant: Johannes Pluck
Fine: 16s 8d.
From mediaeval times most cities or large towns were governed or controlled by a body of men known as freemen. Freemen were granted the freedom of the city or borough and had a number of rights or privileges which depended on local custom and the city or borough's charter. Freedom may also have included the right to carry on a craft or trade.
Admitted by redemption means that he became a freeman on payment of a fee. Other methods of becoming a freeman were by patrimony, i.e. by having a father who was a freeman, or by serving an apprenticeship in a craft or trade. Fine does not have its modern meaning - it simply means the payment of a fee.
Sixteen shilling and eightpence, or 200 pence, is worth about £300 today. At that time it would have taken a carpenter about 50 days to have earned that amount.