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  • n. Plural form of carrick bend.


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  • Carrick is one of the six districts of the county of Cornwall, a peninsula that forms the SW extremity of England and stretches from Lands End eastwards for about 75 miles to the Tamar, a river which constitutes the greater part of the boundary between Cornwall and Devon northwards from Plymouth. Carrick is named after the Carrick Roads, a splendid deep water (over 16 fathoms) anchorage in the estuary of the River Fal. However, the Roads are not named after the Portuguese ships that may have frequented them in the 16th and 17th centuries, but after a geographical feature in the mouth of the estuary (which is a drowned river valley), called nowadays the Black Rock (ie, bare, not covered with seaweed), but when the Cornish language was spoken, carrek dhu.

    November 30, 2011