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A bull for the use of the town's cattle, kept in turn by the main house-holders.
dates 1563 1595 1664

The regional word for the main street of a village or town.
dates 1523 1541 1616 1668 1684 1797

The townherd had a role similar to that of the common herd but he may not have been responsible for intercommoning.
places Snaith
dates 1638

An area of carr or marsh which was a town asset in earlier centuries, a location prized for its rich pasturage, supply of reeds and ‘black earth’.
dates 1570

spellings toylles
Regional spellings of ‘tools’.
dates 1479 1552 1600

To track by following the footprints.
dates 1598 1669

Short for trail-net, a kind of drag-net used to catch fish.
places West Riding
dates 1647

A type of sledge used for hauling wood, corn etc.
dates 1433 1576 1616

Evidently a nickname, it may have been inspired by the habit that some ground-nesting birds have of distracting attention from their nesting site by ‘trailing’ one wing as they move away from it.
places Yokefleet Catton
dates 1200 1346

A trick, trickery or deceit.
places Halifax
dates 1530

A type of oil imported into Hull from the fifteenth century at least.
places Hull
dates 1466-1467 1528

A word found principally in Scotland and the north-east where its recorded history as a mining term goes back to the early sixteenth century (OED). It could refer to a sled or wheeled vehicle which transported corves.
dates 1711 1828

spellings trammel-net
A fishing or fowling net with three layers of meshes.
dates 1416 1417 1572 1741

Of uncertain meaning.
dates 1560 1759

An underground door in a coal-mine which helped to control the flow of air in the galleries.
dates 1737 1842

Anything of little or no worth.
places Brettanby
dates 1543

spellings traves
A metal or wooden beam.
dates 1373-1374 1425 1465 1468 1500 1574 1628 1748

A flat board used for carrying food, dishes and other items. The word was formerly applied more generally to shallow open vessels.
dates 1561 1581

This word derives ultimately from Greek but it was brought here by the Normans. Originally, it was the name given to a salve which was used as an antidote to poison and apparently made up of spices and drugs, in which sense it is on record in England from 1340 (OED).
dates 1211 1457-1458 1464-1465 1504 1693 1729 1750

An apothecary, one who gave his patients ‘treacle’.
places York
dates 1411

Food and drink given to a guest at no expense to the recipient.
places Beverley
dates 1768

Used in the sense of ‘wood’, as a material of which furniture and a variety of utensils and structures could be made.
dates 1416 1422 1462 1509 1565 1566 1591 1673

In some cases this may have been a wooden bridge, but it could also be a bridge over a narrow stream made of a single tree trunk.
dates 1235 1547

spellings trenail
A cylindrical pin of hard wood used in fastening timbers together.
dates 1441-1442 1526 1678 1699 1715 1717

An ornament with three leaves.
dates 1446 1468

spellings trellis-maker
A trellis is a structure of light bars of wood which cross each other at intervals, used as a gate, screen, window, etc.
dates 1422 1520 1532 1616 1617 1676

A wooden platter on which meat was served.
dates 1453 1554 1578 1617 1675 1720

A variant spelling of trundle bed.
dates 1557

A set of thirty requiem masses, to be said on one day or over a succession of days.
dates 1392 1454 1521 1542

spellings trist
In early references an alternative of trestle, but perhaps a kind of stool or bench later.
dates 1432 1462 1542 1618 1668 1691

A wooden structure used as a support for boards, usually in pairs.
dates 1396 1410 1503 1588 1616 1694 1698 1699

A spelling of threshold, that is the piece of timber under the door which has to be crossed on entering a house.
places York
dates 1538-1539

spellings trundle
A wheel, especially the lantern wheel of a mill.
dates 1316 1391-1392 1441-1442 1468 1549 1618

A diminutive of ‘trink’, that is a kind of fixed fishing net used in rivers.
places Wetherby
dates 1657

A 'trip' was a small flock of animals, especially goats and sheep, and Bolton Priory records contain several references to the animals and the related occupation.
places Bolton Priory
dates 1295-1296 1304-1305 1377-1378

The game of tip-cat, so named from the piece of wood, with which it was played, pointed at both ends.
places Aislaby
dates 1624

A trodden way, a footpath.
places Pollington
dates 1709

A variant spelling of trundle-bed.
places Fixby
dates 1567

A horse that trotted briskly, as opposed to one that ambled.
dates 1423 1445 1472 1539 1551 1631

A hollowed out trunk of a tree used as a trough.
places Brayton
dates 1673

A term for brushwood, that is cuttings from hedges or copses, on record from the Old English period (OED).

A spelling of ‘trough’ which reflects the regional pronunciation.
dates 1440 1490 1549 1568 1583 1668 1701 1739 1769 1794

Lead ore has been measured by the 'dish' since the late twelfth century at least (JHR60) but in Nidderdale a smelting agreement indicates that a ‘trough’ or ‘trow’ may have served a similar purpose.
dates 1527 1560 1583

A low bed running on castors, able to be stored beneath a stand-bed.
dates 1565 1621 1637 1676 1691

A precious ornament or symbol of true love.
dates 1463 1464 1471

Applied to items of no great value.
places York
dates 1531

In the dialect of the West Riding, ‘trump’ appears to have been a general word for a spring knife, that is a penknife or pocket-knife.
places Sheffield
dates 1659 1706 1740

spellings trindle bed
A bed on castors or wheels, low enough to go under a stand-bed, much the same as a truckle-bed.
dates 1542 1564 1622 1669

Trifles, odds and ends.
places Pudsey Stockeld
dates 1613 1633

A by-name for a poacher.
dates 1304

Adapted for being trussed or packed for travelling.
dates 1392 1537 1562 1565 1572

A coffer for use when travelling.
dates 1416 1429 1485 1558

An alternative spelling of trest, trist, a bench of some kind.
dates 1661 1748

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