1) This could refer to the area adjoining the farm house where sheep might be folded.

1684 These Outhouses on the north side of the said Mansion … a henhouse, a swine hull, 2 geesehulls … the Folding lying betwixt these outhouses and the Mansion, Kirkburton. However, in some contexts it seems rather to serve as the plural of ‘fold’: 1655 certaine closes … with all the housing and foulding, Kexbrough.

places Kirkburton
dates 1684

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