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Offline bristolloggerheads

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What is a clombe?
« on: Sunday 17 December 17 20:04 GMT (UK) »
In 1618 'sexdecem dozen clombe' were sent from Barnstaple to Galway. This item is spelt the same way in two accounts written by different people - although they could be copying. The wholesale price was effectively 1d each - any ideas what this commodity might be?
Syner alias Taylor from Broseley and Benthall

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Re: What is a clombe?
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 17 December 17 20:37 GMT (UK) »
Assuming this document originated in Devon, it could be the old word 'cloam', also found in Devon as 'clomb', which means earthenware.

More details can be found in Joseph Wright's Dialect Dictionary at http://www.rootschat.com/links/01j6q/ or the Oxford English Dictionary.

Here it presumably means so many earthenware pots.
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Re: What is a clombe?
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 17 December 17 23:33 GMT (UK) »
Barnstaple was an important pottery town in the 17th century, much of it made for export
Bumstead - London, Suffolk
Plant, Woolnough, Wase, Suffolk
Flexney, Godfrey, Burson, Hobby -  Oxfordshire
Street, Mitchell - Gloucestershire
Horwood, Heale Drew - Bristol
Gibbs, Gait, Noyes, Peters, Padfield, Board, York, Rogers, Horler, Heale, Emery, Clavey, Mogg, - Somerset
Fook, Snell - Devon
M(a)cDonald, Yuell, Gollan, McKenzie - Rosshire
McLennan, Mackintosh - Inverness
Williams, Jones - Angelsey & Caernarvon

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Re: What is a clombe?
« Reply #3 on: Monday 18 December 17 22:14 GMT (UK) »
I like the idea of a 'boy's painted clay marble'
Syner alias Taylor from Broseley and Benthall

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Re: What is a clombe?
« Reply #4 on: Monday 18 December 17 22:18 GMT (UK) »
Clombe of honey ie honeyclombe

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Hinchliffe Huddersfield Wiltshire