1) To strip the branches from logs that were to be used as pit-props.

In Tong, in 1765, a man was paid for one day boughing wood and in Elsecar, in 1778, there was a more specific reference to felling and boughing punch wood.

places Tong Elsecar
dates 1765 1778

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