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Dimmingsdale, Staffordshire

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Dimmingsdale in Staffordshire

Location: Dimmingsdale, Staffordshire

Region: Midlands

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  • Mr J G Bradshaw says:
    Posted February 08, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Trying to discover the original meaning of dimm’ it being a ancient part of my
    golf course. Can you help please?

    • Kate Crook says:
      Posted February 12, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      The original meaning of ‘Dimm’ seems to have been lost in the mists of time. Having asked our experts, two suggestions have been put forward:

      Dimmingsdale figures in a 2003 University of Nottingham PhD by David Horovitz on the place-names of Staffs. He associates the dimples with man-made features such as early ironworking or perhaps mineral workings, and their reservoirs, or dammings, rather than with natural features.

      It is also possible that the derivation is close to that suggested by Kenneth Cameron, ‘English Place Names'(Kenneth Cameron, 1961), with derivations of ‘dimble’ or ‘dumble’ (hollow) and ‘dimple’ or ‘dumple’ (deep hole) which would both seem to fit Dimmingsdale with its deep, river-cut dale and high rocky crags. Standing atop these rocky crags one certainly has an impression of a deep hole below, so associated with natural features, rather than man made!

      It would be interesting to know what you think.


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