1) As a verb this was used when worked out turf-pits were being restored.

1605 We present Robert Kinge for not bedinge [his pittes] wher he got turves, Malham

1615 shall not … make spoyle or waste of the mosse or turbary … nor lead nor carry away any of the eldinge called rowghe flawes or upper flawes, without they sufficiently bed and fill such pitt or pitts, Embsay. Once the peat had been removed the top sods were replaced and the land was soon fit again for grazing. This should not be confused with ‘bedding’, dealt with below.

places Malham Embsay
dates 1605 1615

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