The Name Behind the Bag - Kilmersdon

The Name Behind the Bag - Kilmersdon

This month has been almost entirely dedicated to settling into the new HQ and I can’t believe that it’s the end of July already! Once everything has settled down we’ll be preparing for some more shows and events that we’ll be getting involved with throughout the summer.


Last month you voted via social media between hearing more about the name behind the Kilmersdon or the Dinder clutch bags, but it was Kilmersdon that was our stand out winner. The bag itself is a popular staple from our collection as it can be worn in two ways, folded or unfolded. The Kilmersdon is also available in a wide range of skins and colours with metallics being the most favoured by our customers.


The name Kilmersdon means ‘Cynemaer’s Hill’ which is Anglo-Saxon in Origin. It was this hill that is said to be the home of the nursery rhyme ‘Jack and Jill’. The hill was renamed to reflect its history and all over the village the rhyme can be found.


There are many different versions of the origin of this rhyme which range from scandal, royalty, alcohol and even bedroom related mishaps! Our favourite story though is that soon after ascending to the throne in 1625, King Charles 1st ordered the nation to reduce the volume of liquid measures in a move that increased taxes, but bypassed Parliament. We don’t think the villagers of Kilmersdon were terribly happy about getting less beer for their buck!

 The Joliffe Arms, at the centre of the village

At the time, a ‘Jack’ and a ‘Gill’ were the measurements you would order your drinks by. The Jack (approximately a double shot) was the first to fall. Whilst these measurements are rarely used today, liquid measures in pubs are still indicated with a crown on the glass as it was an imperial volume set by the King. Which is why ‘Jack fell down and broke his crown’.


If you’ve ever ordered a drink in a pub in the UK you may have noticed that the glass is filled to the brim instead of to the line. Now you know why! The ‘Gill’ was the name for a quarter pint measure which also reduced soon after: ‘Jill came tumbling after’.


The view at the top of the hill

Even so, the tale of two young lovers on a walk has captured hearts for centuries, even quoted by William Shakespeare:

“Our wooing doth not end like an old play; Jack hath not Jill” – Love’s Labours Lost, Act V: Scene II

“In your waking shall be known. Jack shall have Jill. Nought shall go ill. The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be well.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III: Scene II.


Forgotten scenes from the old railway made for a breathtaking walk

We hope we’ve given you some interesting trivia for the next time you order a drink or take your clutch for an outing! If you want to hear more about Heat & Fury, our products and our local history then please subscribe to our mailing list or join us on social media.

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