1) A belt or strap, often made of leather, used to support a sword or, as here, to bear heavy weights, especially to suspend the clapper of a church bell.

1401-2 In baudrikes factis de telis equorum cum basts emptis pro portagio lapidum, York

1520 payd for a baldrege to the secund bell vjd, York

1538 for makyng iii bawdregs for the bells, Sheriff Hutton. Note the spelling ‘bawtry’: 1540-1 for helpyng off ij bawtrys off the belles, vijd, York.

spellings bawtry
dates 1401-1402 1520 1538 1540-1541

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