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Er... Where does "North of England" start? North of River Thames? North of Hull? North of Liverpool and Sheffield?

North of the Watford Gap.

I'd include all of Yorkshire and Lancashire and the counties further north, plus a bit extra (including the Peak District and most of Cheshire), but not going as far south as Birmingham and Leicester, which are definitely Midland.
Did you see the bit in the Guardian's Corrections and Clarifications column on Todmorden?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/corrections/story/0,3604,1051674,00.html

Jonathan
Did you see the bit in the Guardian's Corrections and Clarifications column on Todmorden? http://www.guardian.co.uk/corrections/story/0,3604,1051674,00.html

By the way, does Todmorden really mean Lonely Death?

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Did you see the bit in the Guardian's Corrections and Clarifications column on Todmorden? http://www.guardian.co.uk/corrections/story/0,3604,1051674,00.html

By the way, does Todmorden really mean Lonely Death?

"Boundary valley of a man called Totta." ODEP-N.
Did you know that of 23 English place-names beginning with "Wool," only one of them relates to sheep?

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By the way, does Todmorden really mean Lonely Death?

"Boundary valley of a man called Totta." ODEP-N. Did you know that of 23 English place-names beginning with "Wool," only one of them relates to sheep?

That's rather a bold assertion. Name those places.
John Dean
Oxford
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Did you see the bit in the Guardian's Corrections and Clarifications column on Todmorden? http://www.guardian.co.uk/corrections/story/0,3604,1051674,00.html

I was one of the readers who emailed to point out that while Tod is, postally, in Lancs, it is actually in Wet Yorks. I had a nice correspondence with one of the editors and got an apology from the author of the original piece (to which I must respond).
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"Boundary valley of a man called Totta." ODEP-N. Did you ... beginning with "Wool," only one of them relates to sheep?

That's rather a bold assertion.

It's quite a striking fact, isn't it? Assuming you can trust the Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names, and I rather think you can.
Name those places.

Are you asking me to type the list of 23 names and you'll pick one? Here, Getty lists 19 of them, that will do:
http://webapps.getty.edu/vow/TGNServlet?nation=United+Kingdom&english=Y& find=wool*&place=&page=1

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Did you see the bit in the Guardian's Corrections and Clarifications column on Todmorden? http://www.guardian.co.uk/corrections/story/0,3604,1051674,00.html

I was one of the readers who emailed to point out that while Tod is, postally, in Lancs, it is ... one of the editors and got an apology from the author of the original piece (to which I must respond).

I must say the Guardian people are buggers for what is known leftpondially as 'nicing you to death'.
I wrote last year pointing out that EE Cummings liked Caps for his name. Only in his poetry did he find a use for universal lower case. The Editor of the Style Guide mailed me to say that it was not only tradition but contrary to Guardian style rules to cap up ee. However, they were due to have a meeting later in the year on general style issues and he would put the matter on the agenda.
Last week I got an Email from him on, as he pointed out, the anniversary of my last Email, in which he said they had decided to cap it up. Though I note the on-line guide isn't amended yet.
John 'Veddy veddy British, veddy veddy charming' Dean Oxford
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Ar, those be the names. Now where be the etymologies?
John Dean
Oxford
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It's quite a striking fact, isn't it? Assuming you can ... Getty lists 19 of them, that will do: http://webapps.getty.edu/vow/TGNServlet?nation=United+Kingdom&english=Y& find=wool*&place=&page=1

Ar, those be the names. Now where be the etymologies?

In a book, on my bookshelf.
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Or just wait a little and I'll tell you which town was named for the wool trade. You might be able to guess. The rest were named for guys with names like Wulfa and Wulfred. And one for wolves.

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