dry wood

1) In rolls which detailed forest or manorial offences this term was used in conjunction with its opposite, that is ‘vert’ or green wood.

1593 do not fetche … anie hedgewood, drie or grene, but of their owne, Dewsbury. In Pickering Forest, dry wood referred to branches that had fallen from trees: 1619-21 a yearlie profite to arise to the lorde by the sale of drye and fallen woode. The term had a much longer history but is in Latin in the earliest documents: 1251 ‘they had … dry wood without livery for burning’, Pickering. In the latter document it was later described as siccum per terram jacentem

that is dry wood lying on the ground.

dates 1251 1593 1619-1621

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