Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Haverbrack

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In the fields and woods around the hamlet of Haverbrack it looks as though nothing has changed for centuries, apart from the field gate, oh and the tarmacadam lane.  I rather like the stile with its steps, the limestone supports (which look like old field markers) and the fact they really do mean the "please shut" written on the gate because not only does it have a spring hinge there is the rope loop.
The post box in the barn end across the road is quite modern as well as it is an 'Elizabeth Regina' model, although as she will become our longest reigning monarch on 9th September, her innings, so far, of 63 years covers a reasonable time span.  Opposite the barn is one of the hamlets 17 houses and if I had planned this post I might have taken a picture of it with the children playing outside but we were just strolling along the paths and byways in the summer sunshine.

I find the name of the hamlet, Haverbrack. interesting but wonder how it gets its name.  One idea is that it is from the Old English:- hafri  - which is a ridge of land sown with oats and brack - a piece of ground broken up for cultivation.  (Place names starting with Haver are common around here).
Perhaps this is the ridge once sown with oats as we look over the river towards Farleton Fell
To complete the bucolic scene there are some wonderfully large and mature trees.  On the other hand if one looks through the historic records after the Norman invasion of 1066 when land was being doled out to the French victors those granted here in 1087 went to one named Haverbrec.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at H here

   

10 comments:

Melody Steenkamp said...

A wonderful and impressive entry, i've enjoyed reading it.
I write it moar often... but still... i like posts like these because they tell me about parts of the world i've never been to and maybe never will to


Thank you for participating in this weeks entry, nice to see you back every week

Have a nice day
Melody (abc-w-team)

photowannabe said...

Such a lovely Hamlet.
The old limestone has so much character.

Roger Owen Green said...

it does seem out of time

ROG, ABCW

Hildred said...

Beautiful green countryside.

Hildred said...

Beautiful green countryside.

Leslie: said...

Looks like a heavenly place to wander.

Leslie
abcw team

Mascha said...

A great old place, I like the stones in the greenery, it would be my dream to travel to UK and discover this adorable old country

happywonderer.com said...

Beautiful scenery! I'd love to take a stroll there.

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for showing this hamlet! I love England and feel at home there as well. I hope you'll have a wonderful weekend!
Wil,ABCW Team.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the place. I would have liked to see the hamlet also,