Hertfordshire born, Hertfordshire bred...
Local words and phrases
Hertfordshire born, Hertfordshire bred
Strong in the arm, but weak in the ‘ead.
Were you born and bred in Hertfordshire? If so, you might have been taught this rhyme when you were younger.
This year, as part of our celebrations of 1000 years of Hertfordshire in the written word, we are collecting local words and phrases.
Do you ever take a beaver to work? Farmworkers around Ardley, Datchworth and Wood End would regularly take a beaver to work, but we might call it a ploughman’s lunch. It was in fact their lunch or snack to be eaten in the fields.
Residents of Ware might remember being called moulder. During the 1960s, when the brickworks were still in operation there, a good friend might have been called a moulder.
Finally, a piece of local lore:
Borrower takes and breaks
Owner lends and mends
Many thanks to those who have shared these pieces of local culture.
If you know any local words or phrases, please add a comment to this page.