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Marle close

Marle Close  is recorded in the poor law records of 1754 when it was farmed by a Mr Walker. Other records from the same source and the 18th century churchwarden accounts show that the Walker holding was in the West End tithing which rules out that it was part of Whitmead.
Marle is a name used to describe lime rich soil which was ‘mined’ to provide a source of lime which was added to the fields to improving the fertility. It was a technique first recorded  in the 17th century which was introduced by the Hippisleys.  This process may have been the source of other names such as White Pitts.
 Meer Close may have been an alternative spelling as seen in page 2231.
 Marle Close is not recorded in the 1840 map.
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