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"When Exeter was a furzey down,
Denbury was a borough town."

This little couplet crops up all over the south west it seems....I have come across it in Saltash in connection with Plymouth and also In Polruan in connection with Fowey. The similarities tend to be that the older settlement has been left behind by a more prosperous settlement.

Considering Plymouth, as a unified name, did not come about until the early 1900s (before that it was made up of three towns, Stonehouse, Devonport and Plymouth and then expanded greatly after the bombing of WWII) I wonder where the saying originated?

Mr H

PS I suppose this is a little off topic but...

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Mr Hamhead
Posted by Mr Hamhead
18th January 2007ce

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