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On 4/19/01 9:36 AM Carole Biggam writes:
Most interesting, sounds right to me. But am a bit surprised about
alum at a coastal site on a river. But I could be wrong.
>> > Wonder how -Saltburn_ got its name ?
>> Actual origin is unknown. Two fairly widespread explanations I've been
>> by locals
>Bea and Mark,
>The first stop for place-name explanations is the appropriate volume of
>English Place-Name Survey, although it's also necessary to look at later
>research. For Saltburn, the Survey finds that the earliest known reference
>dates to 1180-90 (spelt Salteburnam). They interpret this as 'salt stream'
>from Old English 's(e)alt' and 'burna', and suggest that the name refers
>the alum found in the district. I presume this is a river-name in earlier
>times, i.e. there wasn't necessarily a settlement there yet.
I am also a little surprised at the suggestion that Salteburnam in the
twelfth century refers to the alum found thereabouts. My understanding
was that the alum deposits along that coast were not exploited until about
four hundred years later.
Beatrice Hopkinson 73071,327@compuserve<