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The naming of England’s rolling acres

Posted in Farming, Historical articles, Interesting Words, Language on Monday, 31 October 2011

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This edited article about place-names originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 852 published on 13 May 1978.

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Reapers in a cornfield by Peter Jackson

Do You Live At Longacre?

Or at any other place ending in acre? If so, your home town or village could once have been the site of a cornfield.

It enters into many combinations, like Goodacre, Oldacre. Longacre and Whitacre.

Whitaker is a chalky field, or else one on which spar is turned up. Spar is a crystalline mineral.

Whitaker has also been adopted as a family name.

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