cheese fat

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.

dates 1535 1554 1559 1612 1676

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