1) A rare occupational term, recorded in Sheffield from the end of the seventeenth century.
1699 Martha fil’ Matthei Bird axesmith de Parke. A few other axesmiths are mentioned in the apprenticeship records of the Cutlers’ Company between 1632 and 1715 but they were all from the rural district south east of Sheffield
that is Norton and Eckington parishes. When William Bullock of Norton died, in 1667, his inventory noted 199 dozen of axes and 11 odd axes, Ł100: one of his outbuildings was described as the Axhouse .