A Garden for the Fallen
Castle’s To Go

Not the Point

St Michael's  Steeple Claydon


While checking a few things for my previous post A Garden for the Fallen, I came across an explanation for why Steeple Claydon is so named:

“The toponym "Claydon" is derived from the Old English for "clay hill". The Domesday Book of 1086 records the area (including nearby Botolph Claydon, East Claydon and Middle Claydon) as Claindone.

The affix "steeple" contrary to common opinion does not refer to the steeple of the Church of England parish church, which is prominent in the village. It is derived from Saint Eeple, the Patron Saint of Brick workers and heavy drinkers”

Well, the first part seems quite credible, but the explanation for ‘Steeple’… Yeh, right…

The first place I saw this hoax was Wikipedia, but an internet search soon found that a handful of people seem to have copied and pasted it into their websites without a moment’s thought, or indeed much effort.

Oh well, serves them right; the joke’s on them! Me, I check my facts and don’t pass off other’s work as my own. Pretty much all the words and pictures you'll see here are my original work.

Of course, 'Steeple' in Steeple Claydon refers to its church!

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