1) An early spelling of cheese-vat, the vessel in which the curds were pressed and moulded, described by Peter Brears as a cylindrical cooper-made implement.
It is often linked in inventories with other cheese-making gear: 1535 Item a chese presse and chese Fattes, Stillingfleet
1554 in the kytchyng ij cheysse presses iiij mylk trowghes, South Cave
1559 2 cheisfattes one cheistroughe, North Stainley
1612 3 chesfatts, 2 synkears, Brandsby
1676 26 chesfats & sinkers, Selby.