1) A pole set up in marshland or on the moors as a way-marker.

1607 from thence to a certain powle or stowpe set in the moors, Crowle. In 1775, the Halifax historian Watson wrote: the Botheroyd ... family ... had a privilege belonging to their lands that they might hawk and hunt between Worset Pole ... and Spend Bridge. This was the pole that gave its name to Pole Moor in Slaithwaite, located at Wortshill.

places Crowle
dates 1607

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2) Used of the saplings which sprang from the stool or stoven of a tree in the coppice cycle. They could be felled at the end of the cycle or allowed to grow into more substantial trees.

1528 Item for iiij pollys off wode, ijd, York

1530 for ij eller powylles to a stey [ladder], York

1675 thirtie such polles or dooble wavers, Tong

1719 polls now allready marked, ringed and sett oute for standing for future growth, Tong

1755 to John Earnshaw for felling polls in Boyfall wood 10s 6d, Kirkheaton. Specific uses are mentioned: 1737 for Polls to rive into lags for Vessels 10s

1739 for Polls to weer, and falling Ł7 11s 8d, Lepton. Note: 1756 a piece of polewood, Airmyn.

dates 1528 1530 1675 1719 1737 1739 1755 1756

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