ARMCHAIR TRAVEL WITH SHARON
Village Name Origins
What Chixter wouldn't want enjoy a little armchair travel back to the land and villages that many of us remember so fondly? As many of you, I have been enchanted with English village names. Leighton Buzzard, Houghton Conquest, and Meppershall are three in particular near Chicksands that I've always wondered about.
The "Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names", by A.D. Mills, which I will quote here in full (as much as permits), gives us the origins of these three fascinating names. Some origins are sure to amuse, yet others seem inherently logical, once we look at its derivation. Browsing this dictionary, one is impressed with the richness of the language we know as English; at least one of these names is sure to strike a chord and take you back, to your favorite village or pub, and a good reminisce.
"Houghton, a common name, usually 'farmstead on or near a ridge or hill-spur', OE (Old English).....Houghton Conquest, Beds. Houstone 1086 (Domesday Book), Houghton Conquest 1316. Manorial affix from the Conquest family, here in the 13th century."
Other news: Remember C&A, the department store with the distinctive blue/rose pink/cream-colored logo? The chain has ceased operations, following financial losses, after 75 years on the high street. Bedford had a C&A store in the main shopping area. Marks & Spencer has also had tough times, and has sold off Brooks Brothers, the clothing operation it has owned in the US. Marks & Spencer also owns Kings Supermarkets in the US.
Sharon Lee Butcher - Biographical sketch
Sharon was stationed at RAF Chicksands from Oct 68 - Jun 71, 6950th Security Group. An R70250, she worked in Materiel Division, Base Supply Building, then the Hill. A USAF one-termer from Wapakoneta, Ohio, Sharon holds a BS in Animal Science (pre-veterinary) from Ohio State University, as well as an MLS (medical librarianship/information science) from Case Western Reserve University. She has worked at Ohio State University Hospital, and was a candidate for a library position in a World Health Organization library in Rome, Italy. She has worked primarily in science/technology libraries, with an emphasis in polymer science, engineering, regulatory/toxicology, patents, aeronautical engineering, and specialty chemicals. Her travels have taken her to Europe many times, as well as to Canada, the Yucatan, Australia, New Zealand. When Sharon finds spare time, she enjoys travel, needlework, cooking, creative writing, and reading ((fiction by Tom Clancy and Frederick Forsyth), history, interior design, true crime, and forensic science). She plans to visit Provence (France) this fall and begin another masters program at Cumberland University. Future travel will include India, Egypt, and Peru. She also participates in the Special Libraries Association, the American Association of University Women, and Toastmasters International. A softy for canines, Sharon has adopted Mr. Opie, Mr. Angel, and Miss Blackie, which share her country club Cape-Cod home, with a view of the lovely Cumberland Mountains.
ed. note: She also has a touch for Softee ice cream!