waver

1) A pool, pond or trough, especially a common water supply.

1416-7 ‘And for the service of the same person cleaning out the horse-pond there 6d’, Selby

1436-7 ‘on Mikilbryng Lane opposite the Wayver’, Braithwell

1556 neyther man nor woman frome hensfurthe washe anye clothes woole puddynges ... in the waver, Wakefield

1584 in the overfeilde near the wayver, Almondbury.

spellings weaver (2)
dates 1416-1417 1436-1437 1556 1584

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2) At the end of the coppice cycle, when the trees were felled, a certain number were allowed to remain, in order to provide a later crop of timber trees. These were called standards, or more commonly in Yorkshire ‘wavers’.

1390 ‘the purchasers should leave … wayuerez’, Aislaby

1462 to cole the woddes … [and leave] sufficient wayvers, Norton

1548-9 it is agreed … that weyvers shall be last [sic for left?] in the saide two sprynges conveniently according to the most huse of suche spryng woode, Shelf

1720 reserving out of the said Woodes sixty wavers … and eight Black Barks in every acre, Carlton

1763 And if any Reserved Wavers be broke down by Carelessness on felling … In that case they shall pay for the same or Allow as many & as Good to be marked Sett out & left in some other place, Esholt. It occurred occasionally as a verb: 1496 to be weyvered workmonlyke, Beauchief

1719 or els to be wavered and sett oute … by the pillers, Tong.

dates 1390 1462 1548-1549 1719 1720 1763

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