I love the pronunciation insights from old documents! "A poare of settles and two choares"

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These from a 1709 Derbyshire inventory.

A poare of settles + two choares
two cubboards + a prass
The cart + wheeles + gayars

If you can't guess the words click through to William Wragg's profile for what I believe are the modern spellings
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in The Tree House by Mark Dorney G2G6 Mach 4 (43.4k points)
Didn't help 100% ... what are "settles"?
A type of couch, or sofa.
We called them setties.

My family weren't real edumacated. My favorite word is chiffarobe. It's a closet for fine clothing. Hence Chiffon/Chiffarobe.
"Chifforobe" is a portmanteau of "chiffonier" and "wardrobe" that was used as a name for an item in the Sears catalogue starting in 1908.
A settle is a wooden bench with a back and arms and often storage.

You "settle " down on it.


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"cupboard" is still pronounced like that! Interesting vowel pronunciation on "pair/chair" and "press", though.
by C Handy G2G6 Pilot (124k points)

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