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Could anyone enlighten me as to the meaning of the noun "Slang" in the context used below, in a document concerning land boundaries and dated around 1855.
"...and along the southerly Side of the said Croft and of two other Crofts, also called Bridges Croft, belonging to the said Henry Vernon, in the occupation of John Tarbuck, and of the Slang adjoining to and across a Close of Lord Anson's..."
Also in the nearby area there is, on the modern OS Map, a term "Rushford Slang".
Best wishes Peter
The OED gives slang, origin obscure, as a long, narrow srip of land.
Last edited by 5jj; 26-May-2011 at 19:16. Reason: typo
Croft, etymology unknown - piece of enclosed ground used for tillage or pasture.
2. a small agricultural holding worked by a peasant tenant.