When corresponding with those from “across the pond,” or elsewhere in the world, I sometimes find it necessary to do side research within our topic of discussion. Quite often, I experience an “Aha moment” of enlightenment. Today was such the case. Here’s a part of the message that I didn’t quite grasp: “Last summer 2013 Boston Council across the WASH refurbished their oldest pub/inn called INDIAN QUEEN, their town legend in Lincolnshire, says is named after Pocahontas…”
I guess I’m just not as worldly as I sometimes imagine myself…
Anyway, the long and the short of it is “across the WASH” references a square-mouthed bay and estuary on the northwest margin of East Anglia on the east coast of England, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. It is among the largest estuaries in the United Kingdom and is fed by the Rivers Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse. Owing to deposits of sediment and land reclamation, the coastline of the Wash has altered markedly within historical times; several towns once on the coast of the Wash (notably King’s Lynn) are now some distance inland. Much of the Wash itself is very shallow, with several large sandbanks—such as Breast Sand, Bulldog Sand, Roger Sand and Old South Sand—exposed at low tide, especially along its south coast. For this reason, navigation in the Wash can be hazardous for boats.
While overcoming this little lack of knowledge hurdle (“across the WASH”, and “which Boston?”), I once again stumbled onto a very interesting and cleverly written page by Brandon Gary Lovested on iBoston.org, out of London, England. The iBoston site in general is very attractive, user friendly, and intuitively designed, but I digress. So, I copied a portion of Brandon’s article to show you, my readers, just how his opening text really drew me in. I hope if you like the intro page that you will want to read the remainder of this historic timeline at: A Tale of Two Bostons – iBoston. It really ties up several elements of England’s and New England’s history (religion, politics, rebellion, puritans, and pilgrims), into a nice bow from St. Botolph in 654 to Oliver Cromwell in 1645.
I hope you enjoy.