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Does anyone know the origine of the term'forty foot' Is it a kind of gennel or am I getting it mixed up!!!!

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Does anyone know the origine of the term'forty foot' Is it a kind of gennel or am I getting it mixed up!!!!

 

It was a drain that was fished in Lincolnshire, probably forty foot wide.

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It is short for 40Ft General Right of Way.

 

On the new estates we had 8Ft and 12ft General Rights of Way.

 

Commonly called gennels, a coruption of the "general".

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I heard that it was, in fishing matches, River Trent etc that the anglers had to be forty feet away from each other. Could be totally wrong on that tho'.

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Does a Gennel have a definite length or even a roof ? I recall the gennel that ran behind Burngreave school that ran from Malton Street to Melrose Road. and it's still there.

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Does a Gennel have a definite length or even a roof?...
I don't know of any Sheffield gennels with roofs, but the Oxford English Dictionary mentions them - here is the definition. The term "forty foot" is indeed concerned with rights of way as trastrick noted - here is the O.E.D. entry. In North Lincolnshire, gennels are called "tenfoots". Edited by hillsbro

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I don't know of any Sheffield gennels with roofs, but the Oxford English Dictionary mentions them - here is the definition. The term "forty foot" is indeed concerned with rights of way as trastrick noted - here is the O.E.D. entry. In North Lincolnshire, gennels are called "tenfoots".

 

When I lived on parson cross my house was next to the 8ft bottom of lindsay ave now we had fishing trips to the forty foot drain in lincolnshire and a pub not too far away fron cross was the forty foot so can assume an 8ft was a ginnel and a forty foot was a drain :thumbsup:

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In Grimsby, gennels are called eightfoots, unlike the rest of Lincolnshire. :)

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There are Forty Foot drains, well-known to anglers, in various parts of Eastern England - see here - but the original meaning of "forty foot" was concerned with rights of way, as trastrick and hillsbro noted.

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the forty foot pub on wordsworth ave had some fishing related stuff on the pub signpost.

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