1) In the first example noted it seems clear that the footing was a stone foundation for a timber-framed barn.

1351 solutum ij cementariis facientibus fundamentum et le fotyng eiusdem grangie, Hartshead. In later stone buildings it was probably the lowest courses, which were wider than the wall itself. Completing that stage of the building was the occasion of another free drink for the masons: 1776 footing ... rearing, Meltham.

places Hartshead
dates 1351

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