1) To dry a pit was to keep it free of water.

1597 to myne, dig upp and geate the said Coales and to make Sueres and courses of water for the necessarye dryeinge and conveying of water, Beeston

1601 to make a sough or sluice for water upon the lands of the said John Boys … whereby the said Colemyne may be dried, Shibden

c.1640 with good care and attendance of the ginns, Stankes, watercourses and soughs, the 2 pumps and Ginns will easily draine and keep drie the works, Barwick in Elmet.

dates 1597 1601 1640

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