[Bell Historians] Batricks or Battericks?

Hugh Routh hughrouth@yahoo.co.uk [bellhistorians] bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Wed Jun 13 14:02:46 BST 2018

Hello, All
Searching through the Steep Church Archives recently, I have come across several 18th C. references to payments for work to the "batricks" or "Battericks" of the bells, ranging in cost from 6d to 1 shilling through the century; has anyone come across this term elsewhere, or know what it relates to please?
There are also many payments for new bell ropes, sometimes every year, which appear excessive compared to the longevity of bell ropes nowadays; was this almost annual replacement of ropes commonplace in the 18th Century?! 
Many thanks,
Hugh Routh
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