pightle, piddell

In the eastern England, 13th century – 20th century, and latterly in the state of New York, a patch of land of uncertain dimensions, but always small, and usually enclosed. Some sources say half an acre, and one a full acre. A great variety of spellings have been used, including pighell, pykel, pightell, pykkyll, piddle, pickell. Compare pingle.

sources

N° LXIII.

Of the Antiquitye, Etimologie, and Varietye of Dimentions of Land in England.

Piddell or Pidella is used for a little smale close, and as it semethe is so called of Pes a diminitive, as understanding it to be, a smale foot of land.

Thomas Hearne, editor.
A Collection of Curious Discourses Written by Eminent Antiquaries … Vol. One
London: Printed for Benjamin White, 1775.
Page 199.

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