1) A piece of wood such as a pole or stake, but with a wide range of applications.

1380 ‘John Pye is charged … for cutting greenery and for one wagon-load of Ellerstowrs’, Yeadon

1409 Et pro stowres et j syff ixd, Beverley

1463 12 duss’ fyrdelys 4C smalle burdes 4C bowstaffes 4C smalle stowres, Hull

1575 no person … shall … pytch any stowres, powles or staves in any street, Beverley. The upright poles on carts were called ‘wain stowers’: 1600 not one Ashe fit for a waynestower, Settrington

1617 yonge ashes to sell, oxe bowes, wayne stowers, Brandsby

1642 see that the … waines be sownde and … putte in stowers wheare any are wantinge, Elmswell. It is considered to have an Old Norse origin but may have been influenced by estower as a form of estover: 1619-21 for estowers and pawnage in the Princes woodes, Pickering.

dates 1380 1409 1463 1575 1600 1617 1619-1621 1642

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