1) In general this was a small piece of enclosed land but in Yorkshire such enclosures usually adjoined a dwelling house, a point clearly made in a tithe dispute.

1554 thos be onelye Croftes and called Croftes which have a house belded apon thiem or joyninge to thiem or to be joyned to a house and inclosed from other common feldes, Wetwang. The word is on record from the Old English period and because it pre-dates words with a similar meaning, such as close and field, it can sometimes help to identify the location of ‘lost’ early settlements.

places Wetwang
dates 1554

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