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.

dates 1713 1795

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