NY7164 : Welcome to Haltwhistle

taken 7 years ago, near to Haltwhistle, Northumberland, Great Britain

Welcome to Haltwhistle
Welcome to Haltwhistle
The Wiki entry LinkExternal link says that "The name of Haltwhistle has nothing to do with a railway stop. Early forms of the name are Hautwesel (1240), Hautwysel (1254), Hawtewysill (1279), Haltwesell (Speede 1610).

The first part of the name is probably derived from Old English hēafod, here 'hill-top', in general, 'head', 'headland', 'summit', 'upper end' or 'source of a stream'. If so, it describes the hill-top on which Holy Cross Church and the oldest part of Haltwhistle was built, enclosed on the north-east and west by Haltwhistle Brook and on the south by the South Tyne. Rowland suggests Hal from 'hill'. Another suggestion is the French haut-, meaning 'high', although the settlement existed long before the Norman Conquest.

The second part -twistle relates to two streams or rivers. It derives from two Old English words twicce or twise, 'twice', 'division into two' and wella, 'stream, brook'. The second word is reduced in the compound word to ull, making twicculla, twisella. All but one of the examples in place names represent a high tongue of land between two streams where they join."
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Date Taken
Thursday, 18 August, 2011   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 18 August, 2011
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Village, Rural settlement 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 71427 64047 [1m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.2130N 2:26.8717W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 71430 64046
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