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Gad Cliff

Other OS name in the Parish of Tyneham

Historical Forms

  • Gadcliffe 1841 TA

Etymology

, 1811 OS , Gadcliffe 1841TA , a stretch of high coastal cliffs ; the first el . is perhaps ModE  gad ( < ON  gaddr ' spike, nail ' ) in one of its many senses ( e.g . ' spike, goad, rod, stake, etc ' ) with reference to an actual ' gad ' or used figuratively ; this word is used in Purbeck for a ' wedge to cleave stone ' , and Arkell ( 1941 ) 35 notes that ' when seen from the east at a distance Gad Cliff has a strikingly wedge - shaped silhouette ' .