winter hedge

winter hedge

n
(Furniture) dialect West Yorkshire and Lancashire and Derbyshire a clothes horse
[so called in contrast to a hedge on which clothes are dried in summer]
References in classic literature ?
But look ye; not only did this fellow stop me, but he threatened me, saying that Robin Hood would strip me as bare as a winter hedge. Then, besides all this, he called me such vile names as `fat priest,'
"My Lord Bishop," said Robin Hood, "I will not strip thee, as Little John said, like a winter hedge, for thou shalt take back one third of thy money.
About her seemed to hang the mist of the winter hedges, and the clear red of the bramble leaves.