1) This alternative word for ‘hall’, in the sense of the main room of the house, may have come into use in the reign of Henry VIII and examples have been noted during a period of at least eighty years.

1540 And I will that ther remayne in my haull howse ... a great candlestike of latten, Hull

1570 In the hawle house: Item 1 counter two little tables and one aumbry, fower forms, Spaldington

1612 In the hall house: Item one long table and one long furram, Eccleshill

1618 In the hall house: Item 15 peces of pewter 3 sawcers 2 candlestickes, South Cave.

dates 1540 1570 1612 1618

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