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Thread #51834   Message #3110682
Posted By: GUEST,John Adams
09-Mar-11 - 04:51 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Who Wrote Dalesman's Litany? (Moorman)
Subject: RE: Beggars Bush
Neil - thanks for this useful intro to 'Beggars Bush'. We have one in Croydon, which sits on a hilltop very near the parish boundary with Wallington and a reputed 'Saxon' graveyard. I have been studying it for some time. The oddity is that it was a feature on the landscape, rather than a farm - it seems to have been a clump of trees. It first appears on maps in 1816, and had vanished from them by 1960, though it has a ghostly presence on land title deeds of houses on the spot. One theory is that it divided the arable lands of Croydon from the pastoral land of Wallington. Since Wallington was 'welsh', this could indeed be an ancient boundary. Any thoughts ? I would be interested to see your list of 120 - do you have the one between Stafforshire and Chester which was also a reputed graveyard (of beggars). You can mail me on if you wish. I will also send you my piece when it is finished. John.