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Parsons Slack Billinge   Comments: 6
Photo: RON HUNT   Item #: 20589  
Parsons Slack Billinge
  Old post card showing a view of Parsons Slack Billinge.  

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Comments by fred foster, 4th May 2012  ff001a5024@blueyonder.co.uk 
I have an old Billinge map and on it is Billinge Slack and Billinge Rant can anybody enlighten me about their meanings?

Comments by Mick, 5th May 2012  
Fred - 'slack' comes from the old Norse 'slakki' meaning a shallow valley or hollow.
Unsure about 'rant'.

Comments by Lindsay Heyes, 5th September 2012  lindsay.heyes<span>@</span>talktalk.net 
Rant probably means "edge" or "boundary", Old English: rend (cf. modern German rand meaning "side"). Circumstantial evidence: Billinge Rant is by Roby Farm, Roby meaning "farmstead/village at a boundary", Old Scandinavian: ra + by. So... fossil references to a former boundary? I'd be interested if there's any documentary evidence to confirm existence of a boundary there.

Comments by Old Viking, 2nd March 2013  
Back in viking times, a slack (correctly spelled slak) was a communal grazing area. normally, there would be some kind of posts, to which an animal was tethered by a longish rope"Rant" was a boundary or path around an area.

Roby is made up of two norse words. Ro and by. By is a settlement, but the word "ro" means brutal in most cases, although sometimes it can refer to other things

Comments by Sgt Pepper, 21st April 2013  
Billinge is a Norse word, there is a village in southern Sweden called Billinge, although it is pronounced differently.

Comments by Geoff, 5th January 2014  geofffrodsham@gmail.com 
I have an " address " for my great, great grandfather John Martlew, of Slack, Chapel End, Billinge from the mid 19th. century before he moved his family to St.Helens.

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