1) In the manorial system this was a privilege granted to a tenant by the lord, which allowed him to take sufficient wood from the estate for fuel, house repairs or the maintenance of hedges.

The word features in very early undated charters: racionabilia estoveria mea capere in alneto de Bardelby. It remained in use in official documents: 1583 common rights … estovers as well to buyld houses, hedges … and to burne in and upon the same, Meltham

1619-21 the sayde tenantes … have herbage pawnage common of estovers … and other privileges, Pickering.

places Pickering
dates 1619-1621

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