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Thursday, March 25, 2010

What's in a name?

I was round Dad's today and said

"I see there is a house like yours for sale down Bunces Hill".

Now that seems a fairly routine statement but it got me thinking. How many people would know what I meant?

The term Bunces Hill was probably used by a bunch of people who lived there in the 70's. Bunces was the sweet shop at the bottom of the hill near where my folks live and I passed it going to school! I imagine 95% of the people living there now wouldn't have a clue what I was on about.

Years ago someone I know gave directions and referred to the Saxon Inn Hotel. Again I know where that is but the Saxon Inn has had many changes of name since!

Perhaps sadder is that the village names that went to make up my home town are now being forgotten.


Tricia said...

I know what you mean! There's a junction in Sutton (where I grew up) where there used to be a pub called "The Cock". It had a wonderful pub sign and this is still there in the centre of the traffic lights. The pub was demolished for offices many years ago but the junction is still known as "The Cock".

Jan said...

Maybe they would wonder where the house is sailing to? (pedantic old me..) :p