The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #15569   Message #140248
Posted By: margaret
24-Nov-99 - 07:53 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Tolpuddle Man (Graham Moore)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tolpuddle Man
I fear I'm about to bring the level of conversation down about fifty notches, but. . . I stayed in Tolpuddle for a month more than a decade ago, and besides the very inspiring story of the martyrs, there was another story circulating about the name of the town. They said that it had originally been called "Tolpiddle" but when Queen Victoria was passing through on some tour they didn't want to offend her with piddle so it was changed to puddle. This sounds totally apocryphal, especially since the martyrs' episode predates her reign by a few years. Any verification or sound refutation available? Cheers, Margaret