1) The pole or shaft of a cart or wain, a regional word listed by Wright.

In a list of attributive uses he wrote of ‘the arrangement on the collar of a shaft-horse to which the shafts are attached by chains

hames having chains on each side’. That seems to be the meaning in the following example: 1739 a pair of sill hames, Emley. Perhaps also here: 1667 Three coupe waines & two silld waines, North Bierley. However, ‘sills’ could also be the timber sections which formed the body of a wain.

dates 1667 1739

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