1) A thatching-rod or small strip of wood.

1563 iij spelks and iij carres xixd, Brantfell

1699 for Theaking 4 days ... for spelkes and thatch drawing, Batley

1798 five bundles of wood or spelks in Dovecliff, Worsbrough.

dates 1563 1699 1798

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2) A verb meaning to ‘bruise’ beans in a mill, a rare term noted in the OED.

1726 a Horse-Mill ... ready for making Shillin, Spelking Beans and grinding Malt or Shillin, Swillington.

places Swillington
dates 1726

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