The origins and history of placenames, nicknames, local slang, etc.
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Hi, Just joined and this is my first attempt at posting a message - hope I do it right.We were discussing names and places at home and I wondered if anyone has any idea where / what Lidget comes from or is (as in Lidget Lane). It seems to be a mostly northern word .Its a really interesting site by the way.
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I think the name Lidget will be a corruption of Lyd Gate. There are a lot of Lyd Gates outside churches , it means a covered gate or a gate with a lid. The original meaning of gate was a road or path and these gates were used to secure the road against cattle or were sometimes for collecting tolls.Found the following on t'web."A.J. Howcroft defines 'Lidyate' as being 'Lyed-yate', lyed from the Anglo-Saxon 'hlid', a cover, protection, and the Icelandic 'hlith', a gate or wicket. 'Yate' meant a road', and Lyed Yate was a lifting or swinging gate securing the road against cattle, or a toll or tythe collecting gate."
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Beefish wrote: Surely it's "lych gate" not "lyd gate"? Lych means corpse and a lych gate was a gateway where the coffin rested before a funeral. One definition for the surname Lidgate can be found at:http://www.surnamedb.com/surname.aspx?name=Lidgateand seems to tie in with your view Nick.
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