What's in a name?

We know from old maps that the name ‘Jenny Brown’s Point’ was being used in 1829, but it could be much older. Before 1829 references included Brown’s Point, Silverdale Point or Lindeth Point. But who was Jenny Brown and what did she do to warrant such attention? A number of truths, myths and legends exist, including:

  • A woman and her daughter, both named Jennye Brown, who resided at nearby Dykehouse farm in the 1600s
  • The name of a young woman looking out to sea for her lover. Neither were ever seen again
  • An old lady who kept pigs
  • A young lady who ‘entertained’ casual visitors
  • A nanny who saved her children from the sea and quicksand
  • A Jenny or Ginny; engine used in the crushing of copper ore
  • A lodging house keeper who looked after Irish miners employed in copper mining and smelting
  • The name of a steam engine used in the construction of the embankment in the 1870s, or an engine or crane from the quarry next door

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