1) The person who looked after the wood or forest, a term in use from the Old English period.

The role could differ from one locality to another, and in each community the office would have its own customs. In Pickering Forest, for example, every severall woodward might take Blowen wood … within his walkes but ought to fell none of yt greene. It was common as a by-name: 1275 Richard the Woodward, Wakefield and as a vocabulary item: 1333 Willelmus Page, wodewardus de Aiton.

dates 1275 1333

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