Place:Peper Harow, Surrey, England

NamePeper Harow
Alt namesPepperharrowsource: from redirect
Peperharowsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.192°N 0.667°W
Located inSurrey, England
See alsoGodalming Hundred, Surrey, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Hambledon Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Waverley District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia. The links are missing because I do not feel like wasting my time making the alterations. But please note that the name of the settlement is Peper Harow. This has been checked with several sources including Wikipedia and a modern atlas.

The name "Peper Harow" is very unusual and comes from Old English Pipers Hear(g) perhaps meaning, approximately "The pagan stone altar of the pipers"; however, hearg can also be haeg meaning more prosaically hedged enclosure (of the pipers), or even hay meadow. Pipers might mean musicians, or sandpipers (the green sandpiper and wood sandpiper are migrants to marsh and swampy ground - as this is). Amazingly, piper is also the OE and Frisian for pepper, which we wrongly assume came to Europe much later, and by extension to any spicy food ingredient.[citation needed]

Peper Harow appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Pipereherge. It was held by Girard (Gerard) from Walter, son of Othere. Its domesday assets were: 3 hides. It had 3 ploughs, 1 mill worth 15s, 7 acres (28,000 m2) of meadow. It rendered £5 per year to its feudal overlords. Later documented forms are: Pipereherge (11th century); Piperinges (13th century); Pyperhaghe (14th century).[2]

Peper Harow is a rural village and civil parish in southwest Surrey close to the town of Godalming. It is in the Waverley District or Borough.

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