1) Regional forms of perch, in the sense of placing in an elevated position, with a number of distinctive usages.

1617 plowe geare pearked in the top of the house, Ripley. In wood management, for example, springwood leases were often taken up by several individuals or by partnerships which might include sawyers, charcoal-burners and tanners, and the tanners or their workmen will have been the first into the woods, to remove the bark. In order that the woodmen might then fell the trees without delay the tanners were allowed spaces where the bark had time to dry: 1672 the Tanners and their servants may sett their Barke to dry in the Lands of any of the Tennantes … neare the woode, Tong. The use of the word ‘peark’ implies that it was probably done on wooden frames: 1672 full & free libertie to sett and pearke the barke … for the drying thereof in the pasture groundes lying neare unto the sayde wood, Tong

1704 free liberty for pillinge the Bark and Pearking the same in any of the grounds near the said woods, Bradley. A wooden frame was also employed by clothiers in the finishing processes: 1506 to send for suche on walker as shall walk and wyrk that cloth and he to cast the same cloth on a perk and see it thorowe, York. Raising the nap of the cloth may have been done on a ‘perch’: 1703 Handle brake, Handles and Raizing Peark, Skircoat as was the process of ‘perching’, that is placing the cloth over the pole or frame so that motes and burls could be removed: 1761 att Leeds the[y] perk all theire frises att after frised to see if aney spots bee in.

spellings perk
dates 1506 1617 1672 1703 1704 1761

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