Beggars Bush: A Perambulation through the Disciplines of History, Geography, Archaeology, Literature, Philology, Natural History, Botany, Biography & Beggary

Sticky: Anthologies – why the OED and Brewer’s Dictionary were wrong

The Oxford English Dictionary gives under Beggars:

8. Special combinations. . . “beggar’s-bush, a bush under which a beggar finds shelter (name of ‘a tree near Huntingdon, formerly a noted rendezvous for beggars’ – Brewer), fig. beggary, ruin;”.

This is taken from E. Cobham Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1868 and all editions until recently when the entry was dropped) which gave;

“Beggars Bush. To go by beggar’s bush, or Go home by beggar’s bush – i.e. to go to ruin. Beggar’s Bush is the name of a tree which once stood on the left hand of the London road from Huntingdon to Caxton; so called because it was a noted rendezvous for beggars. These punning phrases and proverbs are very common.”

This is partly true and partly false – perhaps more correctly this was false when it was first published, but through the influence of these two reference works has become common usage. It has been applied as a post facto explanation for the existence of the place name — see for example Donnybrook, Dublin and the histories of Dublin). Read the rest of this entry »

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Clitheroe, Lancashire Beggars Bush Plantation 1847

The location is a plantation of trees along the north side of the Clitheroe Road just west of Bashall Bridge, east of Cow Ark. It forms part of the Browsholme Hall Estate. Google maps shows a fairly sparse screen of trees, none of great maturity. The name plantation suggests that this was not originally woodland. The area is shown wooded on the OS Survey 1:63360 First Series (1847) and the Land Utilisation Survey of Britain 1:63360 (1925 to 1948). Read the rest of this entry »

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St Athan, Glamorgan Beggars Bush ?

A local website says “Driving west to Cowbridge, you pass through Beggars Pound before leaving the village. Its name on the 1885 village map is Beggars Bound. The name as also been recorded in the past as Beggars Pond, Beggars Bond, Beggars Well, Beggars Bush and Beggars Field. Within Beggars Pound are St John’s Well, and nearby Howell’s well.  These Wells are believed to be of mediaeval origin, possibly earlier.  The Wells are where travellers watered their horses and villagers got their daily drinking and washing water.Read the rest of this entry »

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Wootten Wawen, Warwickshire Beggars Bush Piece 1843

Tithe Survey Plot Number 974, in the Parish of Wootton Wawen, Coventry Diocese.

7 Acres, 0 Roods, 24 Perches.

State of Cultivation, Arable.

Landowner Sir Edward Joseph Smythe, Bart.

Occupier, Mrs Mary Middleton.

Notes; Tithe free by Act of Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wingates, Northumberland Beggars Bush Plantation ?

A plantation off a minor road between Croftside and Todburn, south west of Rothbury.

OS maps show a mixed plantation in otherwise open countryside.

A Folly House is nearby and to the north is Pauperhaugh.

Source

Geograph

Thanks

Les Hull

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Wickwar, Gloucestershire Beggars Bush 1838

Wickwar is a village in South Gloucestershire between Chipping Sodbury and Charfield.

Source

Tithe Award, no.479.

Field, J., English Field-Names; A Dictionary, Newton Abbott, 1993, p.17

Thanks

Phil Quinn

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Whitstable, Kent Beggars Bush 1840

The Tithe Survey gives Beggars Bush (no.103, 13 acres 2 roods 27 poles and no.103, 3 roods 36 poles ) and also Shaw in Beggars Bush (no.105, 18 poles)

Brian Smith lists Beggars Bushe Field for 1860. Assuming the later name is the same the location it is between the Canterbury Road and Thanet Way, just SE of Ellenden Farm, in a clearing on the edge of Ellenden Wood.

Sources

Kent Tithe Awards

Whitstable’s Old Field Names, by Brian Smith

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Westbury-sub-Mendip Somerset Beggars Bush 1838

Westbury-sub-Mendip is a small village on the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills between Wells and Cheddar Gorge.

Bishop John of Tours may have enclosed an area of moor in the early 12th century later called Gooseland.

Source

Tithe Award, nos 234/253/255-6

Thanks

Phil Quinn

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Weston, Spalding, Lincolnshire Beggars Bush Lane ?

Weston is a village about 2 miles north east of Spalding, in South Holland.

Sources

Streetmap.co.uk

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West Harptree, Somerset Beggars Bush 1840

West Harptree is a small village in the Chew Valley, Somerset on the edge of the Mendip Hills.

Source

Tithe Award 1993, no305

Thanks

Phil Quinn

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