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Canon Pyon

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"CANON-PION, a parish in the hundred of GRIMSWORTH, county of HEREFORD, 4 miles (S. E. by E.) from Weobley, containing 634 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Dean of Hereford, rated in the king's books at £5. 13. 6., and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Hereford. The church, dedicated to St. Lawrence, is principally in the early style of English architecture, with some fine screen-work; the font is ancient, with an octagonal top enriched with quatrefoil: A court leet is held once a year." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]


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  • "A Dictionary of English Place Names" by A.D. Mills (Oxford) gives:-

    "Pyon, Canon & Kings, Heref. & Worcs.
    Pionie 1086 DB (=Domesday Book)   Pyone canonicorum 1221.  King's Pyon 1285.
    'Island infested with gnats or other insects.'   OE (Old English) pie (genitive plural peona) + ëg"
    The Distinguishing affix 'Canon' derives from early possession by the Canons of Hereford.

    In other sources, ëg is translated as 'land between streams', rather than 'island' - c.f. "Place Names of Derbyshire" and derivation of Eyam, from the dative plural ëgum.


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