Jenny Bare Legs

This is the name of a field on Chesworth Farm, near Horsham in Sussex. It might, of course, have been named after a previous owner; but I talked about it to Old MacDonald (who had a farm) and he suggested it could be a corruption of ‘bare lag’, meaning an unproductive field . . .

Was Jenny Bare Legs in her field, I should like to know?
“No, she wasn’t! Nor revealed was ankle, knee or toe.”
What, no bare leg here? No bare leg there?
“No, a lag, ’twas a lag;
Everywhere a bare lag!
Jenny Bare Lags, that’s this field, a field where things don’t grow!”

[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]
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One Response to Jenny Bare Legs

  1. Clareoree says:

    I like to think amilkmaid ran through the field barelegged haha

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