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Author Topic: Let's see how much history we can dig up? :----------------------  (Read 272545 times)
James Hatch
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« Reply #45 on: August 28, 2008, 05:49:53 PM »

This is to announce the fact that under Cookham Blogger you will now find "Historical Cookham." This brings to light some of Cookham's colourful past, and some of the characters that made it tick.
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« Reply #46 on: August 29, 2008, 11:48:44 PM »

See and read the latest entry in "Historical Cookham." blog. This time covering a Sunday afternoon stroll around the "Three Ferries."
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« Reply #47 on: September 01, 2008, 02:04:18 PM »

Here is a question for the younger readers: "What year the last was Toll collected for passing over Cookham Bridge?"
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« Reply #48 on: September 02, 2008, 08:21:45 PM »

There is an interesting blog in "Historical Cookham" on boundary markers, just posted.
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« Reply #49 on: September 03, 2008, 07:34:21 PM »

Question that could be used at a pub quiz night: "Cookham Lock is a Pound Lock." Why is it called that, and what is a lock pound?
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« Reply #50 on: September 04, 2008, 12:18:58 AM »

James is this right?

Pound locks were created in medieval China during the Song Dynasty (9601279 AD), pioneered by the government official and engineer Qiao Weiyo in 984, mentioned by the Chinese polymath scientist Shen Kuo (10311095) in his book Dream Pool Essays (published in 1088) and fully described in the Chinese historical text Song Shi (compiled in 1345).

In medieval Europe a type of pound lock was first built in 1373 at Vreeswijk, the Netherlands. This pound lock serviced many ships at once in a large basin, yet the true pound lock (i.e. one for a small basin) came in 1396 with the one built at Damme near Bruges. A famous civil engineer of pound locks in Europe was the Italian Bertola da Novate (c. 1410-1475), who constructed 18 of them on the Naviglio di Bereguardo (part of the Milan canal system sponsored by Francesco Sforza) between the years 1452 and 1458.
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« Reply #51 on: September 04, 2008, 01:00:12 AM »

Hi Roger: You are right in part but, you missed my question of: "What is the meaning of the word Pound in Pound Lock?" Here anyway is the answer: The Pound is that chamber between the two sets of lock gates, in which the water can be raised or lowered as required, to provide passage of ships or river craft.
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« Reply #52 on: September 04, 2008, 10:29:54 AM »

If only he'd copied and pasted the first paragraph from Wikipedia in addition to the History section, he'd have covered that too.  Never mind.  Grin
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« Reply #53 on: September 04, 2008, 02:35:03 PM »

Well CH, I am glad to see it got you looking as well! Take a look at "Historical Cookham"  http://widbrook2.blogspot.com/ and you learn some more.
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« Reply #54 on: September 05, 2008, 01:13:39 AM »

Just added a giant that use to be common in the 1930's and 1940's to the history page.
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« Reply #55 on: September 05, 2008, 11:46:43 AM »

James, I have a question for you. What is the original meaning of Cookham?
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« Reply #56 on: September 05, 2008, 12:49:52 PM »

Another question - do you (or any other reader) know why "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in Cookham Dean is so called?
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« Reply #57 on: September 05, 2008, 05:12:12 PM »

Well I have two to answer at once:
Let us take the word ham and examine that. There are several meanings that have been used in different parts of the country including the spelling the word as "Hamme" of Saxon/German origin meaning a sharp bend in the river. Which in this case there is at Hedsor. Another term of the word "Ham" is for a fenced in area of land close to water. Then again the word can mean home, or a small group of homes to make a "Hamlet." As for the word Cook, that has been changed quite a lot from Norman times right through the middle ages. Only the learned scholars like the monks wrote anything, so spelling became phonetic and always on the change. I have not gone into the roots as yet. I will when I get to it.

Now for Uncle Tom's Cabin. Pub names came by various roots. In this case I think the name you will find goes back to the middle 1800's and the book by Harriet Beacher Stowe of that name written in 1852. This is my thought at this time. Though I do know for a fact that there has been at least one landlord of that establishment whose name was "TOM."
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« Reply #58 on: September 05, 2008, 05:45:25 PM »

Thanks James.  I knew about the book; I was just wondering why a pub in the middle of the English countryside would be named after an American book.  I have heard various theories - it was opened by a relative of Harriet Beecher Stowe, it was opened by a freed slave (likelihood - nil) and also it was opened by the UK publisher of the book with royalties earned.
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« Reply #59 on: September 05, 2008, 06:05:54 PM »

Well it was at least one pub along with The Jolly Farmer, and Chequers to still keep their names. Bring back the "Hare & Hounds" or, will that upset the anti blood sport lobby I wonder?
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