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From: Brian Randell <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] Woolfardisworthy nr Hartland
Date: Sat, 8 May 2010 17:34:09 +0100
Thanks - in fact modern usage is not of great help, since we are
indexing pre-1857 wills. Moreover it seems that "Woolsery" is/was
used in both parishes.
At 11:06 +0100 8/5/10, stuart churchill wrote:
>If it helps, I went to school in Bideford with several children from
>Woolfardisworthy near Hartland and in general everybody talked about
>Woolsery. Woolfardisworthy was or seemed to be the posh version,
>that kids didnt use or were to lazy to pronounce ..
>But that was over 20 years ago!
>> We're looking for help (in connection with the Devon Wills Project)
>> in identifying references to Woolfardisworthy. Only rarely do the
>> references make it explicitly clear that the parish concerned is
>> Woolfardisworthy (West) in Hartland Hundred (near Bideford) or
>> Woolfardisworthy (East) in Witheridge Hundred (near Crediton).
>> Alternative versions of the name Woolfardisworthy that we come across
>> include Wolsworthy (or Woolsworthy) and Woolsery. Our impression is
>> that Wolsworthy/Woolsworthy was used only for Woolfardisworthy
>> (West), but that both parishes were sometimes called Woolsery.
>> Is this correct?
>> Brian Randell
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