Definitions

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  • n. A depository for ashes.
  • n. A place where potash is made.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A depository for ashes.
  • n. A place where potash is made.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A place for ashes; an ashhole.
  • n. A manufactory of potash or pearlash.

Etymologies

ash +‎ -ery (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There was a small gristmill, a sawmill, a blacksmith shop, an ashery and half a dozen houses, all rudely built, planted in a surrounding of stumps, with the bush encircling all.

    The Narrative of Gordon Sellar Who Emigrated to Canada in 1825

  • The ashes from the house and the log-heaps were either leached at home, and the lye boiled down in the large potash kettles -- of which almost every farmer had one or two -- and converted into potash, or became a perquisite of the wife, and were carried to the ashery, where they were exchanged for crockery or something for the house.

    Country Life in Canada Fifty Years Ago Personal recollections and reminiscences of a sexagenarian

  • The creek -- that part of it near which the willows grew, and where the old ashery used to stand -- had been their daily resort every summer-day all their lives; and they all looked at her with astonishment and dismay, but none of them spoke.

    Shenac's Work at Home

  • Past the foot-bridge, and past the eddy by the great rock, and over the pool into which the creek widened by the old ashery, the mimic fleet sailed safely; while the lads shouted and ran, and strove by the help of long sticks to pilot them all into the little cove by the willow where little

    Shenac's Work at Home

  • Higher up the bank, where the old ashery used to stand, Shenac and

    Shenac's Work at Home

  • The best situation to erect an ashery upon, is the side of a bank, beside a running stream; and if there should be fall enough in the creek to bring a supply of water over head into the leaches, a great deal of labour will be saved.

    Twenty-Seven Years in Canada West The Experience of an Early Settler (Volume I)

  • The ashery at Kirtland is thought to be the only such structure in North America, Bell said.

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  • Less important to church history but no less interesting, are a rebuilt sawmill and ashery.

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  • The ashes from the house and the log-heaps were either leached at home, and the lye boiled down in the large potash kettles ” of which almost every farmer had one or two ” and converted into potash, or became a perquisite of the wife, and were carried to the ashery, where they were exchanged for crockery or something for the house.

    Life in Canada Fifty Years Ago

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