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Bishop’s Cleeve, well it could be.


Bishop’s Cleeve

The word cleeve is generally thought to relate to the way a valley is formed, so it’s a geographical term. So a Cleeve is a wooded valley. How it relates to a Bishop is unknown, could be a favourite walk of the Bishop or possibly a parade through the area by religious people.

Can also mean the dark area between a barmaids full bosom, but this is conjecture.

Another place name meaning, I like the idea that a Bishop would go walking in full regalia through a wooded valley. As you can see from the map here it’s near Woodmancote so my theory about a wooded valley holds weight.


2 Comments Post a comment
  1. I like the conjecture. Thom

    November 1, 2015
  2. Conjecture seems to be more popular than it’s ‘true’ meaning.

    November 1, 2015

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