Tag Archives: Yorkshire
Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

  The remote, abandoned farm of Top Withens (or Top Withins) is often thought of as the inspiration for the Wuthering Heights farmhouse. — Source and photograph: The Reader’s Guide to Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights”       The obsolete Scottish and dialectal English verb to whither is from an assumed Old Norse verb hviðra, […]

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gossamer

gossamer

  photograph: Mark A. Chappell     MEANING   A fine, filmy substance consisting of cobwebs spun by small spiders, seen especially in autumn.     ORIGIN   The word gossamer, which appeared in the early 14th century in the form gosesomer, is apparently composed of goose and summer. The reason for the appellation is […]

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navvy

navvy

  Halsall Navvy The Leeds and Liverpool Canal Act of 1770 authorised the construction of the first major canal in Great Britain. The route of this canal passed immediately adjacent to Halsall, and the first sod was ceremonially dug here on 5th November 1770. In 2006, a stone statue of the Halsall Navvy by the […]

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