whitening stone

1) A kind of stone used for the final stage of grinding, of a finer texture than those used generally.

1587 a delf of whiting stone, Brincliffe Edge. In 1714, the inventory of Henry Shaw, a Wadsley grinder, noted part of Whitning stone and in 1755 Joseph Swallow of Stannington had in the Wheel … a Whitning Stone valued at five shillings.

dates 1587 1714

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