1) An alternative word for the ‘dial’ which miners used for surveying underground. These valuable instruments were probably in the hands of viewers or agents.

1760-1 Gave Mr Scatcher for lent [loan] of his Glass twice 1s 6d

1763 For Mr Eltoft Glass mending 8d, Tong. There are more frequent references to ‘dial’ in lead-mining records and the use of the instrument is described in some detail by Raistrick and Rieuwerts.

places Tong Swaledale
dates 1669 1760-1761

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