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The Yearl
July 14, 2017
8:15 pm
Alturlie
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A stretch of the river Derwent at Workington in Cumberland lies between two weirs. It is given the name "The Yearl" but nowhere have I been able to establish what this name means – I don't even know what language it might derive from.

I would be grateful for any advice.

October 1, 2018
11:33 pm
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This problem is now solved.
Dickinson's "Comprehensive Dictionary of the Cumberland Dialect" says that "yerl" means fast flowing water. Thus the name really applies not, as marked on maps, to the water held back by the weir built at that point, bur rather to the fast flowing water over the weir compared to its sluggishness on either side.

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