A Girdle is like a griddle, in that it’s a flat cooking surface, but instead of being set on top of the heat source, it’s hung over the heat source by a long, linked metal chain.
It is usually made of iron, and usually round.
It was used for “baking” items such as bannock. You cook the items on it, as you would a pancake.
It was used particularly in Scotland.
A maker of one was called either a “Girdilmaker”, “Girdler” or “Girdlesmith.”
Literature & Lore
“Wi’ butter’d bannocks now the girdle reeks…”
— Robert Fergusson (1750-1774)