Aireborough Historical Society

Rawdon Billing 1960s



Title
Rawdon Billing
Date 1960s
Location Rawdon
Photo ID
L389 + L436   Photographer Charles Lideard donated by his daughter Christine Hogg
Comment

1: Rawdon Billing which remains a local landmark.

2: A pastoral view of Rawdon with a field of cows in the foreground and the Billing rising up in the background.


 

Graham Branston
Graham Branston
The origin of place names is not a precise science, but several people have asked me about the unusual local name 'Billing'. My research shows there are two elements which seem to fit the'bill' (excuse the pun). Bill is the highest point, often used in maritime locations eg. Portland Bill and ing is derived from fields or meadows. The name may have emerged after enclosure of the surrounding land, I think, by the Layton then Emmott families as lords of the manor. There is a trigonometric marker at the top of The Billing and with 360 degree views, it was an important defensive location during the Second World War.
03 January 2018
Stephanie
Stephanie
Very pleased for your explanation. Thank you...I often wondered, especially as 'up Billing', as the phrase went, was my childhood playground.
Stephanie May
10 January 2018
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