Bombasine, twill dress-material of worsted with or without silk or cotton, especially black, formerly used for mourning.
Cherry Teas, run by the “Chapel folk”, held in Ranger Cottage barn, cost 1s. Courtcoubert, sixteenth-seventeenth century sideboard, usually with cupboard only on top part.
Demesne, possession of real property as one’s own; held in demesne – occupied by owner, not tenants.
Fatty cake, lardy cake, bread dough with sugar, currants and lard.
Harwell (place-name), accepted locally as meaning Hare Well, the coat of arms of Bishop John de Harewell, with the heads of three golden hares, endorsing the first element, the spring at Wellshead giving the second. However, the Dictionary of English Place-names, by Eilert Eckwall (4th ed. 1960), derives the word from the hill name, Horn Down, which means “grey hill”, the original name of which was Hara or Hare, “the grey one”. Harwell by this derivation is a “stream by or coming from Horn Hill”. (OE har – “hoary, grey”).
Jack of Dover, wild flower also known as Star of Bethlehem, Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon. Leet, court of, yearly or half-yearly court of record that lords of certain manors might hold.
Lucullus, Captain, A Roman who became a general and consul, said to have introduced the cherry into Italy from Cerasus in Pontus, Asia Minor.
Manumitted, set free.
Messuage, dwelling-house with outbuildings and land assigned to its use. Rector, incumbent of parish where all the tithes formerly passed to the incumbent. (In Ch. of England. cf. Vicar)
Rood light, light to burn in front of a crucifix.
Reredos, an ornamental screen covering wall at back of altar.
Tallet, Loft. (West Country).
Twitchen, twitchens, twitchins, probably from twitch grass (couch) growing at the edge of cultivation, where a footpath would develop.
Vicar, incumbent of parish where tithes formerly belonged to chapter or religious house or layman. (In Ch. of England. cf. Rector)
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