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Wans Dyke


Sir Richard Colt Hoare tells us, was a barrier erected by the Belgæ against the Celts, and served as a boundary between these tribes. Dr. Stukeley says the original mound was added to by the Anglo-Saxons when they made it the boundary-line of the two kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex. It was also used by the Britons as a defence against the Romans, who attacked them from the side of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

In its most perfect state it began at Andover, in Hampshire, ran through the counties of Berkshire, Wiltshire, and Somersetshire, and terminated in the “Severn Sea” or Bristol Channel. It was called Wodenes Dyke by the Saxons, contracted into Wondes-dyke, and corrupted to Wans-dyke, as Wodenes-dæg is into Wedʹnes-day. (See Wat’s Dyke.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Walter Multon
Waltham Blacks
Walton Bridle (The)
Wan means thin
Wandering Jew
Wandering Willie or Willie Steenson
Wandering Wood
Wans Dyke
Want or Went
Wapping Great
War of the Meal-sacks
War of the Roses
Ward (Artemus)
Ward Money, Ward-penny, or Wardage

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