Leigh Village

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Pronunciation

Many fall into the trap of pronouncing Leigh as ‘Lea’. It’s an understandable error, as most other settlements which are spelt L E I G H are pronounced that way.

However, our Leigh is pronounced ‘Lie’. It is derived from the old Anglo-Saxon word ‘Leah’ meaning a clearing (it’s highly likely that many ‘Leigh’ settlements have derived from the same word, but localised accents have led to the different ways of saying it).

This pronunciation also helps avoid confusion with our neighbours in the village of Lea, on the outskirts of Malmesbury to the south west of Leigh.

Leigh is often referred to as The Leigh – {guilty as charged – website ed} however the ‘The’ does not appear on anything official. It seems to only be added to help the name roll of the tongue better!

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