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  • Updated 9 January 2015
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Little Delving

A small village near Michel Delving

A village or small town in the Westfarthing of the Shire. It was related, at least by name, to Michel Delving (that is, 'Great Delving') on the White Downs.1 Its precise location is unknown, but it stood some miles to the north of Michel Delving, and was connected by road to Nobottle and to Waymeet.



The shared name 'Delving' seems to imply that Little Delving was cut into the White Downs, like Michel Delving to the south. This does not seem consistent with the map we have of this region, in which the White Downs run southward of the East Road, while Little Delving stands somewhere to its north. It is possible that the White Downs ran farther north than shown on the large-scale map, or that a smaller range of lower hills could be found in this area, not shown on any map.

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