1) An iron bar in the chimney from which pots could be suspended.
1432 unum instrumentum ferreum in camino aulć vocatum balk, York
1558 Item on gallowbalke with crokes on payre of tonges, South Cave
1583 gallow balk, ij reckens with gallow crokes, tonges, and fyre sholl [shovel], Ripon
1634 Item, a gallowbaulke with 2 crookes and 2 luggs they hinge on, and a pair of tongs, Elmswell
1676 One gallowbalke & dogs, Selby. See gallow-tree, gallows. Less usual is the spelling ‘gally’: 1676 In the kitchin 1 gally balke runners & a range, Ripon.