1) An alternative word for the main living room of the house, on record from the seventeenth century.

1654 my wife to have liberty to ioyne and lye in the hallstead of the house and have sufficient use of the fyre, Abbotside. The common early place-name ‘hall stead’ almost certainly referred to the whole building and meant ‘site of a hall’: 1331 ‘3 acres in the place called Hallestedes’, Flockton.

dates 1331 1654

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