Worple Way, TW10

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Agricultural heritage. Worples were rights of way through the market gardens and consequently had strict rules about keeping them clear.¬†Charles Hailstone in Alleyways of Mortlake and East Sheen explains: “The Wapple, Whapple, Warple, Warepall or Worple Way, as it occurs in old records, comes from the Saxon wearp in the sense of to throw or cast up (cf German, wren). A ridge of land was in provincial husbandry called a wapp, perhaps from a similar source.” This one ran between Upper Dunstable Shott and Marsh Furlong.

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