noundialect British, East Anglian English
A tool used to smooth the thatch by driving the butts of the reeds evenly into place.
A legget is made of a flat board (with a handle attached) which is grooved on one side; as the legget is hammered against the butts of the reeds, the grooves dress them into place. Traditionally the board was wooden and studded with flattened nails (to create the grooves); metal cast with a grooved pattern is now also used.
Mid 16th century. Origin unknown.