1) The noun ‘bilder’ was the name given to a wooden implement used for breaking up clods of earth (EDD) and Watson, the Halifax historian, said of ‘bildering’ that it was ‘Levelling the ground and breaking the clods of earth’. He considered it to be from ‘billing’; that is using a ‘bill’.

One earlier example has been noted in a book of accounts: 1661 to Lumme for graveing the odde day work in the little Bank & beldering of it, Elland.

spellings bildering
places Elland
dates 1661

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