MY nan was born in Norton Canon in 1883 and I in Hereford almost 80 years ago.

Her vocabulary was rich in Herefordian words and phrases such as oont (mole) urchin (hedgehog) and screwmatics, (and I was always schlemming after food) she used an expression “to reach Stokes Bridge” meaning to have eaten her fill to the point where she could eat no more.

Despite all my efforts I have never been able to trace the origin of this expression.

I wonder if any of your readers have ever come across it and if so where was Stokes Bridge?

Nan’s mother was Scottish from Fife so I suppose it could have come from there, but similar enquiries have yielded no results.

PETER GASKELL

Colchester

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