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Posted by Bowser on April 10, 2005 at 19:24:27:

In Reply to: DELPH posted by Tempus on April 10, 2005 at 18:57:29:

Yes definitely remember the good delph being brought out for the visitors.

Did a quick Google on it and found two interesting if conflicting possibilities
1. a town called Delph in England which throws some light on the origins of the word - delf from old English:
2. The town of Delft in Holland famous for its blue pottery

Maybe it's Delf or Delft?

"The centre of this picturesque village has barely changed from its 19th century heyday, when small mills were at the heart of a thriving community. The place name of Delph is derived from the Old English word 'Delf', meaning a quarry and refers to the bakestone quarries which lay at the lower end of the Castleshaw Valley just north of the village. The bakestones were quarried as tiles up to three quarters of an inch thick and used to bake oatcakes and muffins. The industry was in existence well before 1330 and only died out in 1930: examples of bakestones are available in Saddleworth Museum."

"The charming town of Delft is known all over the world for its blue and white pottery; but is also famous as the resting place of William of Orange, and the birth place of the painter Vermeer. Stroll around the historic and quaint town of Delft, established in 1075 and visit the Old Church, the New Church, and don't forget to take a canal tour. And last but not least, have a look around in "De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles", the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century, where the pottery is still being manufactured by hand. You will also enjoy shopping in the historical center of Delft. Stroll across the flower and flea markets, through the narrow old streets and alongside the canals."

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