1) The site of a coal-pit, particularly a place where it was intended to open up a new pit.
1713 The Workemen was at the setting out of the new pittstead, Shibden
1780 sold a pitstead in my lands, Birstall. It could also refer to a site in the woods where charcoal was burnt
a charcoal pit: 1795 and make pit steads for Coaling the same, Calverley.