- During a storm in Nottinghamshire, in 1558, a child was carried off in the winds.
- Ghyll is Old Norse for deep ravine.
- You could be engaged at 7 years of age – in the 16 and 17th centuries.
- Church bells can be heard up to seven miles; depending on weather, landscape or obstruction. (In winter they are heard farther as the leaves are off the trees.)
- Cumbrian dialect for an armpit, is oxter.
- By the end of the 17th century, only 50% of men and 25% women were able to sign their own names. They could not read or write otherwise.
- A poultiggery is a hen-house above a pig-house (it protects the eggs from predators such as rats)
- Martin Luther wrote hymns.
- I write slower than I did last year!