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Subject: Re: Blakeney - Snitterly
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 08:35:16 -0600 (CST)
Thank you so much! This is tremendously helpful.
Quoting Hermit <>:
> Rhonda asked
> "Blakeney .... Why did they change the name from Snitterly? "
> BLAKENEY or SNITTERLY?
> There is a considerable mystery about these two place-names.
> It is probable that they were originally different places very near
> to one another. The estuary of the Glaven river changed shape
> over the centuries. Partly this was due to the growth of the sand-
> spit now known as Blakeney Point and partly it was due to changes
> in the pattern of coastal and deep-sea trade over time, not forgetting
> the impact of certain local landowners who insisted in reclaiming land
> and upsetting the tidal flow in the Glaven, which caused it to silt
> The North Norfolk coastline is characterised by an extensive line of
> what are technically called "terminal moraines" left there by the ice-
> sheets during the most recent ice-age. The modern name for this line
> of average 200 foot high bumps and scarps is the Cromer Ridge.
> Much of the moraine was deposited as a long continuous ridge varying
> in width from some few hundred yards to several miles. Later effects
> erosion by the sea and local rivers, such as the Glaven broke this
> and created the fine heathy landscape of the area today. In and around
> the bays and branches of this ridge were isolated domed hills of the
> same glacial deposits. A well known example of this is Beeston Hill
> that overlooks Sheringham from the east. Several of these bumps
> survived offshore, particularly in the Stiffkey-Blakeney area and
> islands, later to be much reduced by the action of the sea, both by
> and by silting up around them with salt-marshes.
> One of these islands appears to have gained the name "The Black Eye",
> where "eye" is the old word for island. Why it should be "Black" I have
> idea, it may have been the colour of the silt or it might have been
> burnt at
> some time. It might have belonged to some chap named "Blaca" in
> times or it might have been the site of some "black" tragedy. However
> small village of Snitterly was always situated on the mainland. Its
> as a port varied with the changes I mentioned above and it is possible
> the sheltered side of the nearby island was used as a safe place to
> up fishing boats and trading vessels. Hence the port part of the place
> might have been known as Blakeney while the village was actually
> In old documentation, there are periods when both names are used as
> alternatives for the same place and other periods where they are
> separate, unfortunately these names do not change in any natural
> order, so it can't be said that the name changed gradually.
> Rob, the Mundesley Hermit. Norfolk, UK.
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