1) An iron crowbar or lever, noted regularly from the fourteenth century.

1396-7 et in j gawelok de ferro emp. 2s, Ripon

1425 gavelockes, mattokes and wegges, Scarborough

1544 for ... amending of gavelocks, Bridlington

1581 one gavellocke, 3 spades, Anston

1697 the bayliffe answered they would break open the doore and having a gaivelack ready Baines broke open the doore, Bentham. It was used for heavy labour in a variety of situations.

dates 1396-1397 1425 1544 1697

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