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Friday August 18th 2017

Upcoming Events

Aug
26
Sat
10:30 am Coffee Mornings at Village Hall
Coffee Mornings at Village Hall
Aug 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Come and enjoy home made cakes and raise essential funds for needy charities, last Saturday morning of each month, 1030–noon.
Sep
10
Sun
10:00 am Teme Valley Market @ The Talbot at Knightwick
Teme Valley Market @ The Talbot at Knightwick
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Teme Valley Market this Sunday
Sep
30
Sat
10:30 am Coffee Mornings at Village Hall
Coffee Mornings at Village Hall
Sep 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Come and enjoy home made cakes and raise essential funds for needy charities, last Saturday morning of each month, 1030–noon.
Oct
28
Sat
10:30 am Coffee Mornings at Village Hall
Coffee Mornings at Village Hall
Oct 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Come and enjoy home made cakes and raise essential funds for needy charities, last Saturday morning of each month, 1030–noon.
Nov
25
Sat
10:30 am Coffee Mornings at Village Hall
Coffee Mornings at Village Hall
Nov 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Come and enjoy home made cakes and raise essential funds for needy charities, last Saturday morning of each month, 1030–noon.

Old Fields of the Noak

In 1937, at The Auction Mart, Pierpoint St, Worcester, the freehold to The Noak Estate, Martley, was put up for sale. Described as 540 acres with ‘A Stately and Dignified Residence’ plus 3 farms (The Tee, Pudford and Hillend), smallholdings, cottages, coppices, and woodlands. The auction papers fully detail the estate and all of its facilities. These papers are not reproduced here but a copy is obtainable on request to the Webmaster.

The map below was traced by Ms Pam Spokes, and shows the parcels of land concerned in the sale. Each is listed on the particulars with its use and area. These days it is probably true to say that our main fascination lies in the derivation of the field names themselves, telling, as they do, something of the history of the area.

One example of this is ‘The Nubbins’. What does this mean? Today, most of us think the name refers to the old sandstone quarry, cliffs and all, still very visible on the rise behind Martley. It is understood that Martley Church was built from this rock. However, if you examine the map, it shows that The Nubbins are fields at the very end of the cliff, where it is small and insignificant.

Research into the word (Merriam-Webster) shows that it derives from Low German (knubbe), alteration of English dialect ‘knub’, and meaning 1 : something (as an ear of Indian corn) that is small for its kind, stunted, undeveloped, or imperfect or 2 : a small usually projecting part or bit

Hence the name, The Nubbins, describes very well the lowest and least productive part of the cliff, spoken of (one can imagine) in dismissive terms by the quarrymen of the time.

 



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