1) A regional word for the holly.

Found commonly in place-names, sometimes as a specific, e.g. Hollingreave, Holmfirth and Hollinghirst, at other times as the generic, e.g. Broad Hollin, Green Hollins and Thickhollins. The frequency of these names testifies to the former importance of holly as winter fodder, a practice for which there is abundant documentary evidence: 1316 ‘Adam del Grene gives 4s 6d to have six beasts feeding on the hollins in the Holnefrith for the winter’

1592 ‘four hollin trees in a close … and liberty to come and go to the hollins at all times of the year, for cutting, felling and carrying away of the branches … for feeding of sheep’, East Morton. In 1518, the tenants of a farm near Masham were granted lefull fellynge of hollynge bowes and other brushewode at seasonable tyme of the yere callide brusynge for pastour of cattell. In 1526, at Winsley near Ripley, the tenant was granted a parcel of hollynge with his tenement which was markyde and abownded. In Sheffield, stands of hollins on the common were called ‘hags’: 1574 one hage of hollen at Bell Hagg letten to Phillipe Morton … for 5s a yeare. Note: 1526 hollyn broge, Warsill.

dates 1316 1518 1526 1574 1592

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