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Ian Brooks

Sunset over Longney Crib
« on: Oct 04, 2019, 8:55 pm »
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Too easy to get good photos when the conditions are like this!

Ian Brooks
Gloucester, UK

Eric Yeoman

Re: Sunset over Longney Crib
« Reply #1 on: Oct 05, 2019, 4:25 am »
Noice  ;D . ...Crib??

Ian Brooks

Re: Sunset over Longney Crib
« Reply #2 on: Oct 05, 2019, 8:47 am »
"Crib" is a local word for a sea defence or breakwater, which protects farmland from the river at Longney.

Another local word is "pill" which is a name for the deep muddy inlets where streams and tributaries flow into the river.

Incidentally, "ney" is Saxon for island, hence Longney was once a long island in the river. There is indeed an old course of the river on the other side o Longney, which is  located on a long thin gravel shelf slightly higher than the surrounding land.

The Saxons clearly had a big influence on the area - 2 miles down river is Unlawater. "Unla" is Saxon for "terrible" or "dreadfull" and "Wasser" for water. The legend goes that the Saxons were chasing the Britons back towards the Forest of Dean, when the Britons forded the river just below Longney heading to safety. The Saxons, thinking to head them off, crossed further downstream. However - the Britons knew the river, they crossed at one of very few safe places. The Saxons all drowned in the deep mud and turbulent water, forever after this stretch of river is Unla Wasser or now Unlawater, "dreadful water". Dreadful for the invader, not so much for the locals who know it!
Ian Brooks
Gloucester, UK

Eric Yeoman

Re: Sunset over Longney Crib
« Reply #3 on: Oct 05, 2019, 1:07 pm »
That was very interesting. Thanks  ;)