Pingles - old country name for ???

DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,692

I've been reading one of my favourite poems by John Clare, 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3yCRbArVKs  - one line goes 'how lovely are the pingles in the woods'  

I used to know what pingles are - I think they're primroses, aren't they?  Does anyone know?

Think it's an old name for them in the Cambs/Northants/Beds area. 

No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    I only know the crunchy things in tubesimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,692

    I'll let you off, just 'cos it's your birthday image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    I know the word paigle for cowslip.

    Maybe there are regional variations.

  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Or those patterned jumpers for playing golf inimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,692

    I wonder if Clare uses it to mean the little open spaces - glades - in the woods - that would make sense wouldn't it?

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    We live on 'Pingle Lane' and a local told us that it is used (in Lincolnshire) to mean a sheep track.  Whether or not he was on the right tracks.......!

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,260

    Kef and Fleurisa, imageimage childish snigger he he image

    Sorry Dove  imageimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,692
    Busy Bee2 wrote (see)

    We live on 'Pingle Lane' and a local told us that it is used (in Lincolnshire) to mean a sheep track.  Whether or not he was on the right tracks.......!

    So he might have been talking about flower-strewn country lanes - sheep tracks image

    Are you in Lincolnshire  Oh yes, so you are image so is OH's mum image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    I think 'poggles' are cowslips?image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    These all sound like regional variations don't they? I wonder where the origin is

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