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The City of Puckington shares its name a mischievous sprite. Read on below and visit the links above to read Phil Woodland's account of his visit to the city, see the city itself, visit the old church and graveyard filled with dead Woodlands.
Remember Puck, the mischievous sprite in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
What fools these
Midsummer Night's Dream 10
Artist: Arthur Rackham 1900
Perhaps Puck lived among our relatives in
Somerset. In Somerset Place Names by Stephen Robinson we learn that
Puckington, a town northeast of Ilminster, was “the hobgoblin enclosure,”
from the old English puca and tun. This was the property of
Roger of Courseulles, who lived in Somerset at the time of William the
What exactly is a hobgoblin? From The New World
Dictionary: “Hobgoblin: 1) an elf; goblin 2) a frightening apparition;
You can read more about Puck, also known as
(click on link).
The astronomers who
discovered the tenth known satellite of the planet Uranus named this new
moon after this hobgoblin.
Nothing to do with Hockey Pucks.