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notes from a small island

curiouswombat in photo_scavenger

Hamlet

I have been going to go out with my camera to take a picture for this prompt for the last three days - and each time something has stopped me - today it is actually raining.

So here is a picture I took a while ago at The Eary, a small hamlet of about 20 houses which is definitely not a village as it lacks church, shop, or pub!




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Whereas this is The Cooil - at least part of it. The Cooil only has about 10 houses in a loose cluster - but makes it into hamlet status I reckon as it has a chapel (out of the picture, to the right) and even, seen nearest us in the picture, a public hall!


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Those are perfect.
Thank you!
I suppose there are very few true hamlets around now ... mostly they "spread" into the nearest village. So lovely to see true Manx heritage surviving
The Cooil may well be swallowed up in the next few years - but I think The Eary is safe for a long time yet.
Thanks for sharing your Shire with us!
Always my pleasure!
Do you think that in addition to lacking a church, shop, or pub there should also be a maximum number of houses?

I like that the Post Office felt the need to add "letters only", in addition to providing only a very thin slot to post those letter through *g*
I was thinking that Mum's home village is clearly a village and has always been known as Bride Village in written and oral history - but until an estate of 20 'council' houses were built in the 1940s there were only about 18-20 houses. But there was also a church, a chapel, a school, and a shop.

But I can't imagine anyone ever thinking of The Eary as a village.

And yes - you can imagine the Post Office thinking 'We better make this clear in case one of these country folk tries to post a side of bacon to a relative in Douglas...'!
Interesting - I have to look up the meaning of hamlet vs. village in English and German, for there seem to be differences. The name of our village is the German word for hamlet, and there are lots of villages called the same, but all usually have a church and some kind of inn (we're usually not having pups or similar, except for those in cities influenced by British or Irish culture), even not always a shop. But now I want to know what defines a village vs. a hamlet in Germany, and why our villages often carry the name hamlet! *g*
I think your inn=our village pub; they are often called 'XX Inn'.

Basically we seem to use 'hamlet' for somewhere too small to really be thought of as a village.

It is a bit of a blurry line - where Mum lived the address was Bride Village specifically, as the whole parish is called Bride. But until the early 1950s Bride Village had no more than 15 houses. But they were clustered around the parish church and school, and there was a small shop.