10:00am Thursday 10th May 2012
I agree with Patrick Moles (ViewPoints, May 4) that the traditional Oxfordshire pronunciation of the River Cherwell is with an “ar” rather than “er”.
This is confirmed by the spelling of a village near the river’s source: Charwelton.
According to experts in Old English, our Saxon ancestors named the river cearre-wella meaning ‘winding stream’.
RICHARD SAMUELSON South Street Middle Barton
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