1) For a dialect speaker ‘to play’ is not to work, so this was a day free of work.

1754 William Buxton charged with casting a roap and a horse rack into the pitt of William Spencer … being in liquor … at the instigation of Jonathan Bramall, a coal getter at the said works, with an intention to stop the works in order to obtain a play-day, Attercliffe.

places Attercliffe
dates 1754

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