Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Small Parcel of Land

Cattle roam on what was a small parcel of land, in Old Norse terminology, and this derivation supplied Twatt, in Mainland Orkney with its name. In those parts of England where the Vikings settled, the place-name Thwaite became used to denote a comparably-sized area. The land use here was extended in 1941 when the Royal Navy Air Service airfield was established. Images of the place make it resemble an archaeological site, not that far removed from the prehistoric constructions on the nearby coast. They finished as permanent settlements many hundreds of years ago; the military installations at Twatt Airfield as recently as 1949. A detailed description of the installations is at the Canmore website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - feels junior in comparison

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