Crossgates or Cross Gates.

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Re: Crossgates or Cross Gates.

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Hi Loiner thanks for that explanation of the mining terminology.
Cross Gates was reliably recorded in 1771. An earlier spelling "Crosyate" was used as far back as 1481. So the placename was in use long before mining came to the area.
The English placename society used to think that the cross gates were actual gates but that view has been superseded by the cross roads interpretation.
I don't have any special knowledge on this so I bow to their authority( and my old junior school teacher who taught us about the Vikings :!: )
It used to be said that the statue of the Black Prince had been placed in City Square , near the station, pointing South to tell all the southerners who've just got off the train to b****r off back down south!

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