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Thread #73825   Message #3887766
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
09-Nov-17 - 06:59 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Somerset Girt Dog of Langport
Subject: RE: Folklore: Somerset Girt Dog of Langport
Come you pretty maid with your silver headed pin
Pray open the door and let us come in

When doors had latches, they could be locked by a pin which prevented the latch being lifted.

The pin was often on a chain. If the chain broke and the pin was lost, it would be replaced by a nail or something similar.