|2. Boundaries||4. Conclusions : 5. Place Names|
1 : The KingdomThe Iceni Kingdom has long since been
absorbed into England. Mercifully, much of the
independence of mind (Do Different) remains,
and some of the insularity (mental & physical).
An aggravating or "difficult" person is
still termed ickeny.
The geographical insularity survives, despite a
[ It is not our present purpose to argue for
We have noted instances of both kinds
gives : he goo; the booy John;
and Next Monday.
(b) Insularity holds onto archaic forms :
owes something to both factors.
We have also noted how the mental insularity
2 : BoundariesTantalising questions remain:-
(i.e. what were its boundaries?)
(b) What are the limits of the present-day
(c) Why don't they match
(d) How widespread is the "Norfolk" dialect,
(e.g. with local place-names - D.2), we will not
bother to answer (a) by doing any historical
research; which avoids answering point (c) too.
The "media" companies are probably the most
Most other public or quasi-public bodies are
This does not alter the fact that these bodies
As for (d) we are taking a "rain-check"
3 : The Piece Of StringNo need to go back to the Romans, to see the
Region in clear perspective - except that
Colchester must fall outside the region,
given Venta Icenorum (Caister-on-Sea)
and other settlements to the North
[of Colchester, that is].
Before the railways, and before the Dutch
Main Rule (repetition of) :-
After the railways, a later Main Rule
to the N. and E. by the sea;
to the S. and W. by the
London and N. Eastern Railway".
the south (or south-west?), you have to go
South(ish) in order to turn North or West.
Sadly, Dutch engineers notwithstanding
4 : Conclusions
The region does not extend westwards
beyond the Marshlands.
So really only "Silly Suffolk" stands between
Which just leaves the question :
Well, elsewhere (D.1) I have indicated zero
East Anglia is only Norfolk and Suffolk
(at a pinch).
(But poor old Essex used to be partly inside
the fold, until swamped by overspill from the
For anyone still in doubt, I recommend
5 : Place NamesSome of these are simply mis-pronounced by
"foreigners". Others depart so radically from
the written (signpost) form, that strangers can
The following is very far from an exhaustive list.
Acle : Aircl
Cley : Cly (as in buy)
Costessey : Cossey
Garboldisham : Garbleshum
Great (or Little) Hautbois : Gri(t) Hobbus
Happisburgh : Hairsbrugh
Hunstanton : Hunstun
Panxworth : Parnser
Postwick : Pozzick
Raveningham : Ranningum
Sheringham : Sherranum
Stiffkey : Stukey
Wymondham : Windum