1) The wick of a candle, formerly made of rushes, tow, or flax, and also of twisted or woven cotton fibre, noted from the Old English period (OED).
It was being imported in the fifteenth century: 1453 8 petris candyl weke
1471 16C candelweke, Hull and was included in expenses incurred by institutions and landed families: c.1540 Item for candilwyk 6d, Nunkeeling
1579 Item for candelweacke, iiijd, Stockeld
1656 6˝ stone of candle weake, Ł1 19 0, Selby. In 1715-6 the losses by fire of George Haigh of Knaresborough included Linn yarn & candle weak, valued at Ł5.