1) This was a feature of the open fireplace, a fire-dog, one of a pair with horizontal bars which supported burning logs.

Among the earliest spellings were ‘andyar’ and ‘aundyre’ but the implement was made of iron so the spelling ‘andiron’ was almost inevitable: 1310 pro ij aundirnes emptis ad cameram Prioris xvjs, Bolton Priory

1380 duo magna aundyrns pro aula cum forco ferreo

1481 j par de awndeirenes, Thornhill

1542 two Andeyrons, Bretton Hall.

dates 1310 1380 1481 1542

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