Fa – the Green Dragon

A Place for the Odd Musings of an Expat Bristolian


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Open Window

OPEN WINDOW

In the dead of night

unseen creatures foraging

back to bed for me

 


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Unusual U.K. place names 76. – Cleobury Mortimer

CLEOBURY MORTIMER, Shropshire

Name from Old English

Clifu meaning a steep place

Church  has crooked spire


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Unusual U.K. place names 64. – Claxby Pluckacre

CLAXBY PLUCKACRE, Lincolnshire

Medieval village

Was deserted long ago.

Had church which fell down


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Unusual U.K. place names 62. – Petty France

PETTY FRANCE, Gloucestershire

Not remrkable

not much history to tell

not written, that is.


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Unusual U.K. place names 65. – Uttoxeter

UTTOXETER, Staffordshire

Varied history

Luttuc’s homestead on the heath

Roman garrison


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Unusual UK place names 61. – Over

OVER,  South Gloucestershire

Over Court burned down

The White Lady of Over

Haunts each New Year’s Eve

 

 

 


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Unusual U.K. place names28. – Pucklechurch

PUCKLECHURCH, Gloucestershire

Bronze-age round barrow

Saxon royal villa site

Kingdom of Wessex


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Unusual U.K. place names 20. – Lychett Matravers

LYCHETT MATRAVERS

Lichett means grey Wood

Feudal Lord Hugh Maltravers

Name from Brittonic

Note: To explore these unusual place names, I urge readers to visit Google Earth to see where on earth they are situated and then to visit Wikipedia for expanded historical information. All of this is difficult to convey in just 17 syllables.


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Unusual U.K. place names 11. Cricket St. Thomas

CRICKET ST. THOMAS

In the Domesday book

Near Yeovil, south Somerset

To the manor born