What’s a drun?

Maybe some of our local readers will know the answer. We think the nearest we have to one in our village might be Chapel Lane, which runs along the side of the fish and chip shop, formerly The Baptist Chapel.

There is a little alleyway in our local market town, Devizes, in central Wiltshire. It leads from the Market Place towards New Park Street and is a narrow paved walkway between shops. They named it The Ginnel, which is a north of England word. This annoyed Market Lavington resident, Tom Gye, who felt the Wiltshire word ‘drun’ should have been used. He wrote a letter to the Wiltshire Gazette about it in 1988.

Verification of the authenticity of this word can be found on page 49 of

It says for drun, see drang.

(H and Wr refer to mid Victorian works by Halliwell and Wright. SW means that drun was a South Wiltshire word.)


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