1) Gresley explains this as ‘the entrance to a mine at the bottom or part way down a shaft where the cages are loaded’ and that is likely to have been the case in the nineteenth century. However, earlier references in the Leeds district suggest that ‘inset’ there referred to places cut into a bank or ‘benk’ for coal.

1690 Thomas Firth in sett 2 y[ards], Farnley

1713 Rob. Clayton Insett 2 yds 16 Cor., Farnley

1754 For an Inset and covering a Bank 1s 6d, Beeston.

places Beeston Farnley
dates 1690 1713 1754

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