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  1. Odd words in family history . . . . a pightle?

    Odd-sounding words can be found in all sorts of genealogical sources.  From occupations on census returns unrecognisable to us today, such as a puddler (someone who made iron) or ostler (working with horses), to local dialect words found in wills.

    One of our searchers found a more unusual word in a will of an East Anglian ancestor, being the term “pightle”, apparently referring to land.  In fact, this word refers to a small amount of land, being a field or enclosure.  It is particularly used in Norfolk, where the word can be found as the name of a property, or small road.

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