>>Michael Haseler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
The etymology of Langstone obvious appears to be long-stone, which is a
peculiar name for an area which I seem to recall is chalk and therefore
devoid of stones that would be "long"! Is this right?
John do you happen to know what is the earliest recorded form of the
Is it possible the name started as "Lang-ton", and over time it became
Indeed I believe that the recognised derivation for Langstone is 'long stone' and, yes, the area is composed of 'soft' geology which doesn't produce 'stones' such as we see at Avebury et al.
Note that I did not make reference to Rockhenge, because there they are 'rocks' hence the name.
I would imagine this thread will conjure up some thought from John Briggs as this is his stamping ground too! We will no doubt hear, shortly.
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