Reply To: Knaphill improvements

amazinglyso on #5865

The Redding way roundabout just a yard or so from the football ground – needs crossing lights. Is this the same roundabout as everyone else is talking about?. It is most deangerous to cross this road junction to get to the surgery and local shops, and have almost been ran over by fast flowing traffic on several occassions, despite being a strident walker with great foot-speed!.

I also agree with Andy Hills about the original village sign being kept as it is. It appears to be a very old welcome-mascot of some post Anglo-Saxon and pre-Norman era, and if my keen observations are anything to go by?. Whatever its living age, it is a highly prized sign and because of the artizanship that went into manufacturing it, not just a living tale of the role of the church in people’s lives many hundreds of years ago.

Whilst searching on the subject of the importance of old village signs on Google, I came accross a useful bit of information about an entirely different village based someplace in Wiltshire, also called Knaphill, yet the village name spelt Knap-Hill as our Surrey one used to once be spelt before the nameplace amalgamated into one single term during the latter part of the medieval epoch. As we already are aware and should know: Surrey Knaphill village name: ‘first recorded in 1225 as La Cnappe. Since then there have been various spellings of the name including ‘Nap Hill, Naphill and Knap Hill’ according to the Wikipedia website.

The Norman conquest had given vast areas of England Anglo-French titles, particularly more so in the northern territories like Durham and Yorkshire; and presumably where the ‘La Cnappe’ originated, before arriving at what I believe a Nordic Knapp – To break or chip (stone) with sharp blows, as in shaping flint or obsidian into tools. I am unable to really confirm whether present-day Knaphill born from Nordic origin, just that as I am part Swedish with some Danish ancestory, certainly makes a lot of sense. The Norman conquest, contrary to past popular scholarly opinion, did not permanently erase the identity of many towns and villages – some reverted back to their Anglo-saxon (Nordic) roots, and where the south of England: a more powerful ancestral stronghold prevailed way past the Norman conquest.

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