Interested in Language
I know my question sounds probably strange but is there any way to decipher what Hayes-in-the-up mean? I know it is a name of a place but names of places are always based on something.
"This," said the labourer, in a voice so thin and tired that it seemed almost like the cold breath of the wind that drove beside them, "is Hayes-in-the-Up. Of course, though, it'll be a mile further on for you before you get to Fennington." He pointed in the direction from which he had just come, turned his sunken eyes again for a moment upon Ormerod, and then quickly faded down the descending path.
John Metcalfe, Bad Lands, 192?
Thank you very much
Not a Teacher
It's possible that the "Up" is/was an area of land which is/was known by that name so it could be a village which is/was within the boundaries of that piece of land.
Villages were also frequently given names which indicated a body of water they were near. However, if that were the case here, I would expect that particular place name to be "Hayes-on-the-Up".
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