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Yatton Keynell

Hamlet of Tiddleywink, Yatton Keynell

Hamlet of Tiddleywink, Yatton Keynell Date Photo Taken 2008
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There is an area in Yatton Keynell with this name, which it seems to have had since the 1870s. It does not appear on the 1871 census but on the 1881 census there are some houses on the Chippenham Road that are grouped under this area name. It is believed that the name comes from an unlicensed beer house that used to sell beer to passing cattle drovers. The name does not appear on the Ordnance Survey 1st edition 6 inch to 1 mile map of 1887 but it is on the 1:10,000 sheet of 1981. The National Grid Reference (NGR) is ST 872758. The name can be spelt as either Tiddleywink or Tiddlywink. The hamlet, pictured here, has eight houses and made the national news in February 2003 when Wiltshire County Council put up 'Tiddleywink' road signs to encourage motorists to slow down when passing through the hamlet.


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