1) The rights that tenants had to ‘average’ were grazing rights subject to customary practice.
The common pastures were divided into a number of gates that corresponded to the number of animals allowed in the grazing area. These rights could belong to a particular house: 1670 common of pasture and averidge to the said messuage belonging, Thirsk. In 1656 a property purchased in the north Yorkshire village of Danby gave the new owner fifteen averish gates and a halfe in a pasture called the Lawnds. In Lealholme, in 1724, the divisions were called averidge gates or foggates and eatage .