skirt coal

1) A rare term, defined by William Hooson in 1747 as coal which ‘bounds and limits’ the seam.

It was used later in a survey of lands near Huddersfield: 1845 There is in the hilly parts of the Almondbury estate skirt coal that lays in long ranges between the old workings and the outbreak of the coal to the surface.

places Huddersfield
dates 1845

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