For the unit of capacity, see farthendelle.
In England, 13th – 19th century, two units of land area that became confounded. The “dale” is not the “dale” of hill and dale, but deal, meaning part. Also spelled farding-land, farundale, ferundel. It had two meanings:
Farding-land, or Farundale of Land; is the fourth part of an Acre.
Farding-gale, s. The fourth part of an acre. Wilts. The old form is farding-deal.
A Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English. Vol 1.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1857.
Fardingale. The fourth part of an acre, Wilt.. MS. Lansd. 1033.
James Orchard Halliwell.
A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, vol 1, 9th ed.
London: John Russell Smith, 1878.
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