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Beechwold

by Maureen McCabe on November 19, 2007

What’s a “wold?” The word “wold” reminds me of Tolkien movies… (I never read the JRR Tolkien books all I have to work with is what I saw in the movies… ) Wold is very English sounding but Tolkien’s Hobbits lived in a Shire not a Wold.  I think when I moved to Columbus in 1990 I thought Beechwold was just a fancy Anglicized (Englisher, more English?  Hoping I am not straying into matters of religion here)  a more English sounding way of saying Beechwood.

Wold from Wiktionary:

“Etymology
From Middle English, from the Old English weald (forest).
Noun
Singular
wold
Plural wolds wold (plural wolds)

An unforested or deforested plain, a grassland, a moor.
(obsolete) A wood or forest, especially a wooded upland

Used in many English place-names, always hilly tracts of land. ”

I assumed Beechwold meant grove of beeches. The “unforested” vs. “forested” and the “plain” vs. “hilly”(I assumed plain meant flat) so the plain vs. hilly thing really leaves ‘wold” wide open.

Wold is one very flexible word.

Oakwold could be a grassy flat area (plain) or a hilly area with or without oak trees, of course then why the Oak? Grasswold?

I read that Beechwold was the name of the Jeffrey families home on High Street (Old Beechwold) and that’s how the Beechwold area got it’s name. Wonder why the Jeffrey family named it Beechwold… Beech trees or absence of beech trees.

Where does Clintonville end and Beechwold begin? – The Official Clintonville Site (Clintonville.org ) with the ongoing debate about where is Clintonville and where is Beechwold.

Clintonville / Beechwold

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