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|Description ||Cow Low Barrow looking north.|
|This struck me as funny because (in English) the noun 'low' is 'the sound made by cattle', so very appropriate! I wonder why all the Derbyshire 'lumps and bumps' (and henges, in the case of 'Arbor Low') are called 'lows'?|
|Low is from the Anglo-Saxon word "hlaw" meaning a sacred mound, hill or barrow|
|Does the Cumbrian word "how" also come from the same root word Hlaw? There are lots of hows at the nothern side of Crummock Water, where its believed there was a great battle, Cumbrian Vikings vs Normans, in around 1080. Could the hows be burial sites... |
|Yes - quite likely. "Howe" is the Norse word for a burial mound.|
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