1) To make the soil heavier.

A verb used in Stovin’s MS of husbandry practices in the Levels in the early eighteenth century: c.1745 Industrious farmers began to manure the Levil Land with Lyme ... they spread it with Shovels ... and they often mix Sand or Ashes or Light Earth with it ... this Lyme Destroys the worms or Grubs ... and stiffens their Land, Hatfield.

places Hatfield
dates 1745

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