1) A wooden panier or hamper which served to carry heavy loads, especially charcoal.
They were used in pairs, placed over the backs of horses, one on each side, and had a bottom which pulled out for the convenience of emptying: 1299-1300 In banastris et durges
1306-7 Pro j pari de banastris, Bolton Priory
1568 the quarter ys a horsselode of coll put into banesteres of wood, Esholt
1608 5 pair of New Banisters, Barnby Forge
1732 William Lindley … says that he was bound apprentice to a banister maker, Dodworth.