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Up the back passage

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Fnaar, 3 Dec 2007.

  1. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Language question:
    2 rows of terraced houses back to back. Between back gardens or yards, there is a paved passage, parallel to the roads, often wide enough for a car, often cobbled.
    What are they called in your neck of the woods?

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    R O A D
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    [house][house][house][house]
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    back passage
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    [house][house][house][house]
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    R O A D
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  2. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Ginnels or Gennels in Yorkshire.
     
  3. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Well....in the vernacular of my home region they are called 'S**t lanes' as in the past all sorts of rubbish as well as 'effluent' would find their way into them.

    Not sure what the 'posh' name for them is, though.
     
  4. graham56

    graham56 Veteran

    Back lane
     
  5. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    In Exeter too where I wuz dragged-up.
     
  6. Ginnels or back streets (Lancs) and Snickets (Yorks)
     
  7. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
    Logopolis
    Jennels
     
  8. simon l& and a half

    simon l& and a half New Member

    Location:
    Streatham Hill
    In my neck of the woods we have no back passages.
     
  9. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    Rear entries, often abbreviated to entries. The slightly more formal description would be rear passageway.
     
  10. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    alleys or twittens down here. An alley being wider than a twitten.
     
  11. In Coventry when I was a kid (long, long ago), we called them "the back entry" and would regularly "play up the back entry" every night after school :biggrin:, oh such innocent days.
     
  12. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I'd forgotten snicket. Lovely word.
     
  13. Blue

    Blue Legendary Member

    Location:
    Cyprus
    They are mostly called 'the entry', sometimes 'the back entry' or 'the alley'.
     
  14. Blue

    Blue Legendary Member

    Location:
    Cyprus
    Life must be difficult :biggrin:
     
  15. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    That explains a lot, thanks.