1) This may have been a word for two pieces of timber placed over a ditch as a bridge.

The practice is referred to frequently in the Methley court rolls from the 1400s but noted in English only in the sixteenth century: 1509-10 John Storrs ... shall cause two trees called guttertrees to be ... put down between the Parke & Whityeardmoke

1590 ‘shall place two beams in the Common lane’.

places Methley
dates 1509-1510 1590

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