Folklore and Phonetics at Thirst House Cave. Deepdale. Derbyshire

The name Thirst House is etymologically derived from ‘Hob Hurst’. Hurst being an old English name for ‘wood’ or ‘forest’ and Hob, depending on which source of research consulted, is either a giant,or, a ‘capricious’ wood-elf. In either manifestation, Hob can influence, for good or bad, the crop harvest, and general demeanours, of the surrounding land and its inhabitants. It is believed that Deepdale valley is prevalent with elves who congregate around the mouths of the caves that pockmark the valley sides. Thus, the Hob Hurst House became The Hurst House which phonetically morphed into th’ Hurst House, or ‘Thirst House’.

Another piece of folklore is that Hob charmed the stream that runs through the valley and those folk who believe, will have their ailments cured if they quench their thirst in the sparkling water on Good Friday.Thirst House Cave Illustration Ancient remains Book

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