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Q: Origin of placenames in U.K. ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Origin of placenames in U.K.
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: cymro77-ga
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Posted: 18 Jul 2006 03:05 PDT
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Question ID: 747304
Why is the Wirral so called and what does it mean?
Subject: Re: Origin of placenames in U.K.
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 18 Jul 2006 06:23 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear cymro77-ga,

I answer this question with a sourced reference but I would suggest
that an enquiry of the Cheshire Record Office be made to ensure its

The Anglo Saxon Chronicle on pages 66 and 67 referred to Wirheal, and
a local history site states that Wirheal is derived from the
Anglo-Saxon words for myrtle and an angle, corner or slope.

A couple of other sites agree with this, but the history of the name
Wirral does not appear in the Victorian Counties History or the
English Place Names Index.

Anglo Saxon Chronicle on pages 66 and 67
" the East-Angles, they marched on the stretch by day and night,
till they arrived at a western city in Wirheal that is called Chester.
There the army could not overtake them ere they arrived within the
work: they beset the...?

"...twelvemonth since they first came hither over sea. A.D. 895. Soon
after that, in this year, went the army from Wirheal into North-Wales;
for they could not remain there, because they were stripped both of
the cattle and the corn that..."

?But what of the name Wirral? Anglo-Saxon records show the peninsula
as ?Wirheal?, a combination of the Anglo? Saxon words wir (a myrtle
tree) and heal (an angle, corner or slope). From this it would appear
that bog myrtle was once plentiful in this area, although it is no
longer found today.?

Victorian Counties History
English Place Names Index
Cheshire Record Office

I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is
unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before
rating the answer. I shall respond to the clarification request as
soon as I receive it.
Thank you
cymro77-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Origin of placenames in U.K.
From: probonopublico-ga on 18 Jul 2006 06:42 PDT
Well done, Answerfinder, I had an uncle, aunt & cousin who used to live there.

They moved from Oldham (where they all were born) after my uncle won
some money on the Football Pools.

I recall visiting them a few time.

They had a posh house.


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