Memories of Cheddington

Local words
Hommocks along: walks in heavy boots with lumps of mud attached
Clapered: very dirty, muddy
Thragged: loaded
Sawny or gallus: stupid
Ceach: scoop of water
Sotchel along: walk along dragging the feet
Spraggle about: walk awkwardly
Lichup: lazy or walk slowly
Pottle measure: round measure for small apples, onions

Hare coursing used to take place regularly along the Mentmore road and also pigeon and rook shooting.

Before a hearse came into common use, coffins ere placed on a wooden bier and pulled along the Church Path to the church. The bier was kept in a shed near the Church Lane allotments, along with a bath chair for any parishioners in need of one.

Farmers used to go round the Lynces at night with lights and nets to throw over the bushes to trap the sparrows that did so much damage to crops. They eere paid so much for every sparrow caught and had annual Sparrow Club Dinner at Tring.

Dora McGuire, Cheddington

Extracted from 'A Pattern Hundreds' (1975) and reproduced with the kind permission of the Buckinghamshire Federation of Women's Institutes

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