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Hippins Stone

Standing Stone / Menhir

Nearest Town:Hebden Bridge (3km E)
OS Ref (GB):   SD960271 / Sheet: 103
Latitude:53° 44' 23.83" N
Longitude:   2° 3' 38.34" W

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I don't know if this has any bearing on the matter at all. But it's interesting that Paulus says the stone was once "at the edge of an old stream".

Large stepping-stones in a brook. When passable by means of such stones, the water is said to be 'hippinable'.

But then again, the next entry is:

Children's clothes; clouts. (North).

So stones for hopping across or doing your washing on, perhaps?

From the Dictionary of obsolete and provincial English, by Thomas Wright (1857) - which can be viewed on Google Books.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
7th February 2008ce
Edited 20th February 2008ce