1) A bundle of straw or rushes, usually two wheat sheaves fastened together (EDD).

It may have been a short form of ‘batten’ and was in frequent use until recently by dialect speakers: 1622 5 thrave of battes, Cottingley

1815 30 bats of straw, South Crosland

1823 for 40 batts wheat straw 1 0 0, Meltham.

dates 1622 1815

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