Post Info TOPIC: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Noel Brindley

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Has anyone connected Hollinsclough to the alliterative medieval poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, written not much later than 1370. The Priceless 14th century document is housed in the British Museum.

It is not known who wrote the poem but it is believed, due to the poets dialect, that he was from the Staffordshire moorlands area, close to the Cheshire, Derbyshire border.

Perhaps a Staffordshire local may understand the old English/Staffordshire dialect. The poem can be read in its dialect form here - http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/Gawain?rgn=main;view=fulltext

Place names, topographical landmarks, are referred to in the poem: Roaches, Flash, Knot(bury), Frith, Rake, Kerre, Knar, High Forest (Haut-desert).

Hollinsclough is close to these places and has Rakes and Carrs. I believe this medieval author would have known the Hollinsclough area.

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