1) Charcoal-burners used sods or turves to cover and seal the cordwood in their pits, thus preventing combustion. The right to get these within the wood was often written into the terms of a lease.

1549 shall have Such lyke turffe and hyllynge … for colyng of the seyd Woodes, Bradley

1720 to dig and get Clods and cover in the said woods for covering the said Barke and coaling the charcoale, Carlton

1766 liberty to dig sods in convenient parts of the said woodsfor coaling the said wood, Quarmby.

dates 1549 1720 1766

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