craig at agantavas.org
Fri Jan 18 13:23:44 GMT 2013
Most certainly, Janice. Trewornan (St Minver) contains the singular. Polgrain/Polgrean probably have the collective plural, with pol- translating as "pit", rather than "pool". Grain was once often stored in pits, a practice that goes right back to the Iron Age (although growan, "decomposed granite" might just possibly be there instead - the Welsh equivalent is graean.).
In some names, <creun>, "reservoir" is likely, e.g. Carn Grean, St Just. The reservoir which held water to run through the elluvial tin-streaming works nearby was sited up there.
In Penzance, in 1580, there was a street called 'Streatt and Grean' (stret an g.), also "grain".
On 2013 Gen 18, at 12:56, Janice Lobb wrote:
> I had always assumed that Greenwith Common near Perranwell (with the Green part pronounced in line with Greenwich, London) meant berry (grain) tree common or something similar. But I see that you, Craig, give a different interpretation. Are there any place names that do contain grean or a variant?
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