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spellings blood
Early references to the English word are rare but in Latin texts garments and fabrics more generally were often described as having the colour of blood especially in early wills.
dates 1391 1433 1452 1465

spellings bloom hearth
In early iron forge accounts ‘bloom’ was the word for the iron that was produced in a bloomer hearth, a primitive furnace; a mass of relatively pure malleable iron which had received its first hammering.
dates 1352 1395 1507 1568 1584 1608

A maker of ‘blooms’.
dates 1285 1341 1379 1411-1412 1568 1574

spellings bloom-smithy
These were terms for the places where iron was produced.
dates 1315-1316 1652

Used in the phrase ‘to blow the bellows’, that is to work them so as to produce a strong current of air.
dates 1212 1324 1786

Said of inflated meat.
places Beverley
dates 1755 1798

An alternative of ‘windfall’.
dates 1599-1600 1622

The fat of whales and other cetaceans, from which train oil is obtained (OED).
places Scarborough
dates 1601-1602 1602-1603

A kind of pea.
places Austerfield
dates 1731

Some kind of mill stone, the precise meaning is uncertain.
places Whitley New Mill
dates 1740 1746 1751

Evidently a bluish material, possibly Godefroy’s bleuete which was made of cotton and had blue designs on it.
dates 1257 1316 1341 1378

The OED has references to the verb from c.1386 and to the noun from c.1340, and the wide range of meanings is mostly to do with confused or stupid behaviour.
places Bolton Priory
dates 1299-1300

The boards in a coal-mine were passages or working-places from which coal had been taken, cut at right angles to the line of cleavage of the coal.
dates 1690 1700

The word was in use in Old English but it has a wide range of meanings and a very complicated etymology. It could refer to a thin piece of timber, longer than it was broad, and generally thinner than a plank, as in the compound term floor-board.
dates 1296-1297 1354-1355 1489 1589

A rich fabric used for ecclesiastical vestments which derived its name from the city of Alexandria.
dates 1392 1424 1431 1485

Occupational for a woodman or carpenter, the specialist who split timber trees into the pieces used for boards, that is thin planks.
dates 1379 1427 1438 1442 1471-1521

These were substantial pieces of timber intended for planks or boards.
dates 1495-1499 1568 1689

A cloth to cover an altar, the domestic table or any flat surface.
dates 1359 1390 1459 1540 1610

Made of or laid with boards, used adjectivally or as a verb.
dates 1454 1485 1603 1642

Probably a form of shovel-board.
places Thurlstone
dates 1647

In some colliery records there appears to be little difference in meaning between board and boardgate, but usually the latter describes a passage into or connecting the 'boards' rather than a place of work.
places Farnley
dates 1692

Occupational, for the carpenter who made or wrought boards or thin planks, found occasionally as a by-name.
dates 1326 1431

spellings bucksey
A kind of fine buckram, much used for bed furniture and lining garments.
dates 1427 1434 1457-1458 1485 1558

Collock had more than one meaning but it often referred to a wooden pail or bucket and ‘bochecollock’ or collock-mender occurred as a by-name from the thirteenth century.
dates 1241-1252 1315

The name used in Yorkshire for the bay cloth made in Essex, presumably from the town of that name.
places Halifax
dates 1737

Items of clothing, found usually in the term ‘pair of bodies’.
dates 1520 1638 1694

Formerly a Scottish copper coin worth one sixth of an English penny; the smallest coin.
places Beverley Leeds
dates 1675 1767

spellings bodysmaker
A maker of ‘bodies’, the name of garments worn chiefly by women.
places Oulton Ripon Selby
dates 1657 1686-1687 1706

Formerly the hall or main living area of a house, the house-body.
dates 1687-1688 1707 1719

A privy.
places Wakefield
dates 1735 1766

This spelling of bowl is probably an attempt to record the dialect pronunciation.
places Bramley
dates 1556

The stem or trunk of a tree.
places Pickering
dates 1619-1621

spellings bolehill bolestead
These are names formerly given to sites where lead was smelted, helped by draught from the prevailing wind.
dates 1304-1305 1587

A worker at a lead-smelting site.

In its earliest history this was used of a long stuffed pillow or cushion but it soon acquired meanings related to padding or support.
places Howden Ripon
dates 1430 1596 1625 1701

To sift flour.
places York South Cave
dates 1435 1581

spellings bolting cloth
As a verb ‘to bolt’ meant to sift flour, using a fine-meshed cloth to separate the bran from the pure flour.
dates 1378 1395 1452 1504 1505

Bread made from sifted flour.
places York Airmyn
dates 1589 1756

As a noun, sometimes in the plural, it is said to refer to the bran or coarse meal separated from the flour by sifting (OED).
places Beverley
dates 1488

A building where flour was bolted.
dates 1481 1490 1538 1545

A mill where flour was bolted.
places Driffield
dates 1746-1750

The single example located is in an inventory for Temple Newsam, in the Pasterie where pastry was prepared.
places Temple Newsam
dates 1565

Probably a kneading trough, an implement noted frequently in the bolting-house.
dates 1542 1559

A tun or large barrel to contain bolted flour or perhaps bran, that is ‘boltings’ (OED).
dates 1335 1450 1485 1535 1563 1574

The bones of animals were commonly used by cutlers as handle materials.
places Sheffield
dates 1713

One who set dislocated or broken bones, a surgeon, although formerly not necessarily one who had received any training.
dates 1777

A shade worn on the front of a woman’s bonnet or cap to protect the complexion.

One who binds books.
dates 1395 1400 1538

The West Riding Book of Bridges was commissioned in 1753 so that the Justices of Peace knew exactly what their responsibilities were.
places Ayton Bawtry
dates 1608 1640

spellings boon-day booner boon-hen boon-load boon-loaf boon-work
In the manorial system, services owed by the tenants to the lord of the manor.
dates 1442 1499 1532 1537 1544 1571 1574 1582 1592 1595 1599-1600

A stall for an animal, most commonly for cattle.
dates 1395 1588 1710 1869

spellings bote
The right of a tenant to take wood or timber from the lord’s estate for certain specified purposes.
places Settrington
dates 1577-1578

Profit, advantage, usually in the phrase ‘to boot’; that is into the bargain.
places Ovenden
dates 1522

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