bottom pick

1) Bottom picks were the large picks used at the coal-face (EDD).

The bottom shovel was also for use underground, possibly an alternative word for the ambiguous ‘bank shovel’. They are listed in Farnley from 1716, and in 1728 1 dozen of bottom shouls were valued at 5s, Horsforth. A single bottom shovell cost 8d in 1760, Tong.

spellings bottom shovel
places Tong Horsforth
dates 1728 1760

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