1) Fine-grained stone that can be worked easily by the masons.

1367 ‘providing him with … stones called frestanes’, York

1409 et pro frestane empto de custodibus fabricć Beatć Marić, Beverley

1453 ad fabricam unius honestć fenestrć de frestone et vitro, Hull. The glossary in The Fabric Rolls of York Minster quotes firstan and fyrestane as examples but these might be ‘firestone’ in the sense of stone resistant to fire.

spellings fire-stone
places York Beverley Hull
dates 1367 1399 1409 1415 1453

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